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02-384
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors

2001-2002 Regulatory Agenda

UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-384
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors

CONTACT PERSON: Geraldine L. Betts, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0035. (207) 624-8625 Email: jeri.l.betts@state.me.us

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: NONE

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY: The Board's current rules, Chapters 1 through 6, will be repealed and new rules adopted in their place. The Board expects to reorganize the structure of the rules and update all rules for compliance with laws currently in place. It is expected that the Board will review rules for consistency and to clarify terminology, to streamline the licensure requirements and the processing of applications, to revise continuing professional education requirements and reporting procedures, to clarify grounds for discipline and standards of practice, including the establishment of a code of ethics for practitioners. The Board will also set eligibility and procedural standards for individuals requesting certification to perform clinical supervision of individuals. Outdated or duplicative rules that may exist in rules established by the Office of Licensing and Registration as authorized by 10 MRSA 8003 will be repealed.

CHAPTER 1: Eligibility, Testing, Educational, Work experience, Application, Reciprocity, and Fee Requirements.
PURPOSE: Establishes requirements and standards of eligibility for licensing alcohol and drug counselors. The Board may repeal the fee provisions of this chapter inasmuch as fees have been established directly by the Director of the Office of Licensing and Registration in Chapter 10 of the Rules of the Office of Licensing and Registration pursuant to 10 MRSA 8003(2-A)(D).
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA 6212, 6215, 6219
PURPOSE: Establishes requirements and standards of eligibility for licensing alcohol and drug counselors.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not contemplated

CHAPTER 2: Continuing Professional Education.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA 6212, 6215, 6219
PURPOSE: Establishes minimum continued professional education requirements for licensure renewal for alcohol and drug counselors.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 3: Appeals and Disciplinary Procedures.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA 6212, 6215, 6219
PURPOSE: This Chapter outlines procedures the Board will follow for appeals and disciplining licensed practitioners found in violation of laws and/or rules.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 4: Complaint Handling.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA 6212, 6215, 6219
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes standards for the handling of complaints.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 5: Advisory Rulings.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA 6212, 6215, 6219
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures for the receipt and handling of requests for advisory rulings.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 6: Code of Ethics.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA 6212, 6215, 6219
PURPOSE: Establishes standards of professional practice for licensees when providing alcohol and drug counseling services to the public.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated


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