The State of California and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (DADP) has recently submitted draft legislation in regards to making the licensure of Alcohol and Drug Counselors within California State Law to the State Senate. This proposed legislation is very dangerous to the work force, and has the potential to violate long standing church and state protocol, and further sets up a discriminatory practice with employees of the state acting in a ATOD capacity and those that are not.
This bill also has the ability to void all credentialing organizations that are and have been long since approved by the DADP for determining experiences and curriculum each counselor must obtain prior to becoming credentialed.
What are your thoughts on this?
We had a similar situation in Missouri concerning the credentialing of nursing homes. They wanted to make everyone even the techs get certified as Med Techs for all the nursing homes in the state. The problem was that if that became law, nearly all of the nursing homes would have been forced to shut down. In light of that fact, the measure was defeated.
That bill in CA should definitely die on the vine. It will have the effect of shutting down every drug and substance abuse center in the state just to make some bureaucrat happy. If these centers do a good job and get these people off drugs, they'll get custom and be successful. On the other side of the coin, if they fail to get people off drugs, they'll lose custom and go out of business. That's just and fair. The Legislature should stay out of it. A piece of paper does not guarantee good service or a successful business.
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