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A Certified Substance Abuse Counselor* is a professional who has specialized education in substance abuse and training related to the performance of the eight practice dimensions, counseling theories and techniques to treat substance abuse and substance use disorders.

Treatment functions of a Substance Abuse Counselor include patient screening, assessment, individualized treatment planning, intervention, individual or group and family substance abuse counseling, referral, discharge planning, after care or continuing care, record keeping, consultation with other professionals regarding the patient's treatment services, recovery and case management, and may include crisis intervention, client education, employment and problem resolution in life skills functioning (ref. s. HFS 75.02(90), Wis. Admin. Code).

No person may use the title "Substance Abuse Counselor" or a similar title implying certification to treat AODA or substance abuse unless they are certified by the Department of Safety and Professional Services, hold the appropriate chap. 457 credential (Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional Counselor or Social Worker) with the AODA specialty, or are exempt under s. 440.88(3m), Stat.

*Note: Those individuals who formerly held Wisconsin Certification Board credentials of CADC, CADC-D, CADC-II transferred to the Department of Safety and Professional Services as certified Substance Abuse Counselors.

updated 4/13

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Division of Professional Credential Processing
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax


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