ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELOR COMMITTEE
JUNE 4, 2004
I. CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 9:28 a.m. in the Sussex Conference Room, 6th floor, 124 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey by Chairman Edward Reading who gave notice of compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF APRIL 16, 2004 PUBLIC MINUTES
On a motion made by Sylvia Lippe and seconded by Donald Weinbaum, the minutes were approved as amended.
IV. PUBLIC COMMENT
Gregory Tardiff, recently licensed (LCADC), appeared to inform the Committee of his experience in petitioning managed care companies for inclusion in the networks for reimbursement as an alcohol and drug counselor and independent provider. His concern is that there may not be an awareness of the new State license. Mr. Tardiff was advised that the Committee has no jurisdiction in this area and that the issue may be better addressed by the professional associations.
V. APPLICATION PROCESSING
A. Executive Director Elaine DeMars provided the Committee with the following report of applications received, in process and approved:
Regular (non-grandfather) database entered: 203 - Pending Committee approval
Applications to be processed:
B. The Committee approved 6 applications for certification and 96 for licensure.
C. The Committee discussed concern with the fact that DWI arrests are not included in the State mandated Criminal History Background Check reports. Deputy Attorney General Susan Berger will report back to the Committee as to whether that information can be requested for all applicants through a Driverís Abstract.
D. The Committee reviewed a drafted revision to the regular application to be used by State certified (CADC) individuals applying to upgrade to LCADC.
E. The Committee also approved the following application revisions to:
1) Include an option on the grandfather application for an APCBNJ approved CADC to apply for the State CADC.
2) Add the option to request to take the written examination on the regular application.
3) Instructions for future applicants to submit two (2) passport-size photos with their application.
F. The Committee approved revisions to both the regular and grandfather application cover letters to include the changes in sections (D and E) above.
G. The Committee agreed that on or about October 1, 2004 correspondence will be sent to CADCs certified by APCBNJ who have not yet submitted an application for state certification/licensure to provide additional notice that State certification or licensure is required for practice in New Jersey.
H. The Committee was provided with a list of New Jersey College and University educational alcohol and drug program directors who have responded to an invitation to discuss the State CADC/LCADC application and the course work reporting requirements during the public session of the June 25, 2004 meeting.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
A. Committee Presentations: N.J.A.C. 13:34C and the Application Requirements Executive Director DeMars reported that the following presentations date is not yet confirmed: PAC - July 16, 2004.
VII. CREDENTIAL REVIEW
On a motion by Sylvia Lippe and seconded by Donald Weinbaum, the following applicants were approved for certification/licensure:
LCADC - Grandfather
LCADC - Regular
1. Michael DíAngelo
CADC - Regular
1. Loreen Adamo
VIII. NEXT MEETING
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee is June 25, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. at 124 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey.
IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION
At 11:44 a.m., on a motion by Sylvia Lippe and seconded by Donald Weinbaum, the Committee moved to Executive Session to review individual applications and consumer complaints.
On a motion by Donald Weinbaum and seconded by Sylvia Lippe, the meeting adjourned at 3:13 p.m.