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Monthly Archives: October 2010
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Federal Policy Liaison Andrew Kessler forwarded a number of resources for our members after the fruitful policy discussions in Arizona:
- A report on “Integrating Appropriate Services for Substance Use Conditions in Health Care Settings” from the Forum on Integration.
- A new blog from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare reports on how each state is preparing for changes in health care.
- NIATx will extend the ACTION Campaign II through June 2011.
- The American Medical Association reports that “Mental health parity law not prompting many employers to drop coverage.”
The Board of Directors also approved new credentials for a number of boards:
- Hawaii is adding Clinical Supervisor, Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, Prevention Specialist, and Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate.
- California will now offer the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential.
- Delaware took on the Prevention Specialist credential.
With these new additions, IC&RC now represents more than 50 prevention boards, indicating the rapid growth in this professional certification.
More than 90 delegates from Member Boards gathered to set the direction for the future of the international organization. Three new boards were happily voted into the organization:
- Life Challenge International Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification Board (India)
- Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia
- Tennessee Certification Board (Prevention Specialist)
Our warmest welcomes to the new delegates who joined us in Scottsdale:
Mary Crocker-Cook, India
Deanne Bergen, Georgia Prevention
Edwin Bergen, Texas
Tayna Fogle, Kentucky
Ike Grozier, India
Kelley Hobbs, New Hampshire Prevention
Karen Mills, California
Several landmark votes also took place:
- IC&RC will develop a Recovery Support Specialist credential to meet the growing demand for certified professionals in this field.
- Computer Based Testing will be offered on demand, starting January 1, 2011.
- The body voted to create the Associate Certification Board (ACB) status, a non-reciprocal category of membership. Examinations for ACBs would consist of 100 generic items from IC&RC’s item bank and 50 items produced by the jurisdiction.
- The organization will create an Advisory Council to provide advice and consultation on local, regional, national, international business issues, as well as increase its community involvement and visibility.
Rhonda Messamore, IC&RC President, presented the Presidential Leadership Award to outgoing Secretary Sandra Del Sesto, M.Ed., CPS, in recognition of outstanding contributions and support given to IC&RC and the substance abuse and prevention profession.
Messamore celebrated Del Sesto’s service: “Sandra has served for 15 years with IC&RC. She is active on the prevention committee and serves as its co-chair. From 2006 to 2010, she has been our Secretary, aiding in the transition of my new administration. On the Executive Committee, she has been an equal opportunist, keeping us aware of all perspectives. She always reminds us of the heart of our organization.”
Del Sesto remarked with gratitude: “Wow! I’m not usually without words. I am completely overwhelmed. To get this award from this group is one of the greatest honors in my entire life. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. I hope to be useful to this group and serve wherever I am needed.”