EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005             ISSUING AGENCY:  Regulation and Licensing Department Counseling and Therapy Practice Board

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 27.27.1, 6-15-01]             SCOPE:  All individuals applying for licensure as a substance abuse associate.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 27.27.2, 6-15-01; A, 7-1-04; A, 2-10-06]             STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  These parts are promulgated pursuant to the Counselor and Therapist Practice Act, Section 61-9A-3 through 61-9A-7 NMSA 1978.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 27.27.3, 6-15-01]             DURATION:  Permanent             EFFECTIVE DATE:  June 15, 2001 unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 27.27.5, 6-15-01]             OBJECTIVE:  The objective of Part 13 is to state the minimum requirements for licensure as a substance abuse associate and list the documentation required for application effective July 1, 2005.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 27.27.6, 6-15-01; A, 7-1-04; A, 2-10-06]             DEFINITIONS:  [Reserved]             SUPERVISION:

                A.            Supervision received for substance abuse associate must be provided by a licensed professional clinical mental health counselor (LPCC), licensed marriage and family therapist (LFMT), licensed professional art therapist (LPAT), licensed psychologist, licensed clinical psychiatrist, licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor (LADAC) with three years of alcohol and drug abuse experience acquired after licensure, clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry or licensed independent social worker (LISW).  Supervisors must have experience in alcohol and drug abuse counseling.  A licensed substance abuse associate must practice under supervision at all times.  If the associate has completed the requirements for LADAC the associate must continue practicing under supervision until the associate has acquired the official LADAC license.

                B.            It is the responsibility of the individual seeking supervision to assure the supervision is acceptable for the level of licensure.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC, 6-15-01; A, 7-1-04; A, 2-10-06; A, 11-19-07]             APPLICANTS FOR LICENSURE:  A substance abuse associate (LSAA) must possess the following qualifications and provide the required documentation with the application.

                A.            Age requirement:  Be at least 21 years of age.

                B.            Applicant must sign a statement provided in the application indicating the applicant has read the code of ethics and agrees to be bound and governed by the code of ethics.

                C.            Supervisory requirements: Applicant must have arranged for appropriate supervision, including an experience plan.

                D.            Holds an associate degree in counseling, counseling related field, or a substance abuse related field from an accredited institution and has a total of ninety (90) clock hours of education and training in the areas of alcohol, drug, and counseling.  The board may approve, on a case-by-case basis, applicants whose education is not in counseling, counseling related field, or substance related field.

                E.             Documentation required for licensure:

                    (1)     a completed application as specified in NMAC, and

                    (2)     proof of completed education requirements: the applicant is required to submit an official transcript in a sealed envelope from each institution associate, baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree; the transcript must be submitted with the application; and

                    (3)     verification of associates degree in counseling, a counseling-related field, or substance abuse related field and 90 clock hours of education and training in the fields of alcohol and/or drug abuse, and

                    (4)     verification on attachment C that an appropriate supervisor has been obtained and an experience plan has been established and a signed statement is provided by the supervisor indicating the associate shall only participate in alcohol and drug abuse counseling sessions.

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 27.27.8, 6-15-01; A, 7-1-04; A, 2-10-06; A, 11-19-07]          [Reserved]

[ NMAC - Rp 16 NMAC 27.9.8&9, 6-15-01; Repealed 7-1-04]



Pre-NMAC History:  The material in this part was derived from that previously filed with the State Records Center and Archives under:

Rule 2, Definitions, 3-24-94

Rule2, Definitions, 3-20-95

Rule 9, Licensure without examination, 3-24-94

Rule 9, Licensure by credentials, 3-20-95

Rule 10, Licensure by credentials, 3-24-94


History of Repealed Material:

16 NMAC 27.27, Requirements for licensure as a Substance Abuse Intern Effective July 1, 2003- Repealed 6-15-01

16 NMAC 27.9, Licensure by Credentials - Repealed 6-15-01