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Specialty Credentials

Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (CPRSS)

Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists (CPRSS) are individuals who have lived experience with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders either through their own experience or that of a loved one. Their life experiences and recovery allow them to provide recovery support in such a way that others can benefit from their experiences. 
Requirements

Obtained a GED, High School or higher diploma or transcript.

⇒ Two years of recovery from lived experience in substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders either as a consumer of these services or as the parent or family member of the consumer.

⇒ 200 hours of direct practice (volunteer or paid) in a peer recovery support environment (supervisor-attested).

⇒ 60 hours of education topics as described in the Eligibility Requirements.

⇒ Two references, at least one of which must be professional.

Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor Credential (MATCC)

The experiential-based Medication-Assisted Treatment Counselor Credential (MATCC) supports the certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor to highlight their education, knowledge, and experience in medication-assisted treatment. 
Requirements
⇒ Current Substance Use Disorder professional license or certification.

⇒ 3-years of experience providing client services as an SUD Counselor.

⇒ 1-year of experience providing client services specific to Medication-Assisted Treatment.

⇒ 40-hours of medication-assisted treatment specific education which includes the required topics as described in the Eligibility Requirements.

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Certification Level Requirements

Effective January 1, 2019

SUDRC

  • In accordance with HSC Section 11833(b)(1), any individual who provides counseling services in a licensed or certified DHCS AOD program, except for licensed professionals, must be registered or certified with a DHCS approved certifying organization.
  • Registration is not equivalent to and is not an alternative to certification. Once registered the requirements for certification must be completed within five years, with an exception of a requested and approved personal hardship extension of an additional two (2) years.

SUDCC

SUDCC - Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor

⇒ Passed the IC&RC Exam
⇒ 315 hours of formal SUD related education,
⇒ 2080 hours of SUD related work experience (160 practicum)

SUDCC II

SUDCC II - Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor – Advanced Experience

⇒ Passed the IC&RC Exam
⇒ 315 hours of formal SUD related education,
⇒ 5 years or 10,000 hours of SUD work experience.

SUDCC III

SUDCC III - Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor – Advanced Experience and Bachelor’s Level Education

⇒ Passed the IC&RC Exam
⇒ Bachelor’s degree in SUD related education
⇒ 5 years or 10,000 hours of SUD work experience.

SUDCC III-CS

SUDCC III-CS – Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor Clinical Supervisor (effective 1/1/19 all former CAODC-CS counselors will be grandfathered to the SUDCC III-CS upon renewal)

⇒ Passed the IC&RC Exam
⇒ Bachelor’s degree in SUD related education
⇒ 5-years or 10,000 hours of SUD work experience which includes 2 years’ experience in the direct supervision of SUD Counselors
⇒ Completed 40 hours of Clinical Supervisor specific education

 

SUDCC IV

SUDCC IV – Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor – Advanced Experience and Master's Level Education

⇒ Passed the IC&RC Exam
⇒ Master’s degree in formal SUD related education
⇒ 5 years or 10,000 hours of SUD work experience

SUDCC IV-CS

SUDCC IV-CS – Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor Clinical Supervisor

⇒ Passed the IC&RC Exam
⇒ Master’s degree in formal SUD related education
⇒ 5 years or 10,000 hours of SUD work experience which includes 2 years’ experience in the direct supervision of SUD Counselors.
⇒ Completed 40-hours of Clinical Supervisor specific education

Certification Upgrade Application

Complete the Certification Upgrade Application to upgrade your certification during non-renewal times.

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