The Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee was established on January 9, 1998 (pursuant to
et seq.) to function as a committee of the
State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners. The Committee consists of five members who are residents of the State, one of whom is a public member, the other four being actively engaged in the practice of alcohol and drug counseling. The members are appointed by the Governor.
The purpose of the Committee is to:
- to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New Jersey;
- to regulate the practice of alcohol and drug counseling; and
- to take action against the unprofessional, improper, unauthorized or unqualified practice of alcohol and drug counseling and guard against unprofessional conduct by the licensed individuals who practice alcohol and drug counseling.
The regulations (N.J.A.C. 13;34C-1
et seq.) further define the statute (N.J.S.A. 45:2D-1) and establish minimum acceptable standards of education, examination, experience, ethics and competent practice to encourage and promote quality treatment and rehabilitation for clients presenting with drug and/or alcohol addiction related disorders.