Category Archives: Criminal Justice

IC&RC Announces 2011 Conference Details

IC&RC has released more detailed information about “A Principled Practice: Ethics in Addiction Treatment and Prevention,” IC&RC’s first-ever professional training conference. 

Scheduled for October 28 & 29, 2011 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, we are looking forward to the:

  • Friday Keynote Address by Stephen J. Morse, J.D., Ph.D. on “Neuroscience, Morality and Addiction”
  • Saturday Half-Day Workshop on “Culturally Complex Ethical Challenges” with Stephanie Murtaugh, MA, MBA, LPC, CAC, CCS, CCJP, CCDP Diplomate
  • Conference Sessions on Prevention, Clinical Supervision, Criminal Justice, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Organizational Ethics
  • Conference Schedule, including Invitation to IC&RC’s 30th Anniversary Reception 

This conference is open to all credentialed addiction and prevention professionals, individuals in the process of becoming credentialed, and behavioral health and affiliated professionals. Conference registration also includes complimentary access to IC&RC Professional Services – priced at $25 a year but valued much higher.

Register online today!

From the Executive Director

Welcome, Colorado Prevention!

Last week in Denver, Colorado, more than 75 delegates from Member Boards gathered to set the direction for the future of the international organization. Being in Colorado was made all the more special, when the Colorado Prevention Certification Board was joyfully welcomed into the organization. Carmelita Muniz, Mary Anne Burdick, and Cheryl Reid represented the new board at the meeting and already made their contributions clear.

I’m also happy to announce that Tammi Lewis, LPC, AADC, ALPS, Therapist at CAMC Family Resource Center in Charleston, West Virginia, is the new co-chair of the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) Committee. Frank Davis, IAADC, ICCJP, LCDC, of the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals has agreed to become the new co-chair of the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP) committee.

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist credential is continuing toward adoption. Based on three states that already offer a peer recovery credential, minimum standards have been developed, and the credential will undergo IC&RC’s evaluation process over the next six months.

As our 30th anniversary year continues, the staff is working to make all of our activities special. So don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Fall Meeting – October 25 to 27 in Orlando, Florida. See you there! 


Mary Jo Mather
Executive Director

Boards Adopt New Credentials

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.

Marketing Report: July 22, 2010

by Kay Glass, Marketing Director

In the last several months, IC&RC has been represented at a number of conferences.  Conferences are an important form of outreach that promote our organization and facilitate discussions with colleagues.  The Marketing Committee carefully reviews proposals for conference participation, then assesses the return-on-investment to guide next year’s decisions. 

In April, Executive Director Mary Jo Mather and Andrew Kessler, Federal Policy Liaison, attended the National Institute of Drug Abuse Blending Conference in Albuquerque, NM.  Kessler explained, “Overall, it was very informative, especially about special populations, which is a big issue for our counselors. Two speakers really stood out. Donald Warne, of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman’s Health Board, spoke about cultural competencies necessary for dealing with Native American populations. Barbara McCrady, from the University of New Mexico, discussed evidence-based treatment for women and the challenges in seeking treatment.”  (Many presentations from this conference are available online, including Warne’s and McCrady’s.) 

Stefán Jóhannsson, of the International & Cultural Affairs Committee, attended UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders in London, England from May 13 to 15.  In addition to sponsoring the lanyard, there was an IC&RC brochure in every conference bag.  Jóhannsson reported,  “There was a big group from Denmark this time, counselors from several treatment programs. I had several meetings with them, and they are specifically interested in the AODA International certification.  I had good meetings with Kristina Unge from the Swedish certification board, as well as with Joao Pedro Augusto from Portugal and with Tato Sainz from Spain.” Jóhannsson presented on “The X-factors” and accreditation of staff as a part of a panel with David Finney, Susan Waine Rebecca Flood, and David Parker, who did an excellent job, according to Johannssen. He summarized, “Slowly but surely, IC&RC is becoming well known in many countries.”

Donna Johnson, Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, travels extensively discussing IC&RC.  One recent event was the National Association of Drug Court Professionals conference in Boston, MA in early June.  IC&RC shared an exhibit booth with CAADAC, and Johnson was able to distribute many brochures and have many fruitful conversations. 

Johnson also attended the Rural Meth Law Enforcement Summit in Denver, Co in late June and spoke on how treatment and law enforcement can collaborate, including the importance of credentialing and specifically the CCJP.  Johnson reported, “I had so many of the participants approach me about getting credentialed. This target audience was mostly probation and law enforcement, and we generated a lot of interest.”

Lastly, Julie Stevens, Co-chair of the Prevention Committee, attended Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 20th Anniversary National Leadership Forum on our behalf.  In the midst of a record snowstorm, attendance was down.  Stevens was optimistic, “It is a great opportunity to have exposure at the biggest prevention conference in the nation.  Unfortunately the weather conditions left us with less than ideal outcome, but hopefully it won’t happen again.  Next year we will submit a proposal to present a workshop on the PS.”

If you’re intrigued by marketing activities, Debbie Gilbert and I would like to invite you to join the Marketing Committee.  We have a meeting (via conference call) slated for mid-August, so it’s a perfect opportunity to see what we’re doing.  We’d love to have you!  Email me for detailed information on the call.

Q&A: Researching the Field

Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak, Ph.D, LMSW is Associate Professor in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Kubiak holds a doctorate in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, as well as master’s in social work from University of Michigan.

IC&RC Insights recently had the chance to talk with Dr. Kubiak about her work.

IC&RC: Can you summarize your research in the area of addiction treatment and prevention?

SPK: My research interests have focused on the intersections between criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse. These intersections are at the individual level – such as someone exiting prison that has a co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder – or at the systems level, like assessing collaboration/coordination between corrections and substance abuse funding for treatment for offenders within the community.   

IC&RC: What drew you to this field?  How did you start working in this area?

SPK: Years ago I was working for a legislator, when someone working within the women’s prison approached us about the plight of pregnant women within the institution. Women who entered prison pregnant would deliver at a local hospital after being brought in belly chains, and then mothers would return to prison without their infants.

At the time, I knew nothing about the criminal justice system – or substance abuse, but I was a fairly new mother, and I couldn’t imagine anyone taking my infant from me. I began working with the pregnant women who were incarcerated in the hopes of implementing some programming. I learned quite a bit about their lives, their addictions, their histories of victimization and their intense grief as a result of being separated from their children.

As a result of what we learned, we were able to obtain a federal grant for a demonstration project that would allow pregnant women with minimal drug sentences to enter a community residential program where they could keep their infants with them. I left the legislator’s office and became the founding director and administrator of the program. It was my tenure there that became the catalyst for later graduate work and my commitment to the area of improving services for those involved in the criminal justice system.   

IC&RC: What research has been done about credentialing and its effect on outcomes? 

SPK: There is not a lot of research that connects individual characteristics of the counselor, such as credentialing or education to client outcomes. However, there may be an indirect relationship, as we know that individuals with higher educational levels or credentialing are more likely to adopt evidence-based practices. (Citations include Arfken, Agius, Dickson, Anderson & Hededus, 2005; Fuller, Rieckmann, McCarty & Edmundson, 2006; McCarty, Fuller, Arfken, et al., 2007; Knudsen, Johnson & Roman, 2003.)

It is the adoption of the evidence-based practices that leads to better outcomes. It may be that the process of obtaining credentials or further education may in fact introduce individuals to the concepts of evidence-based practices or instill techniques that enhance their ability to implement such practices.

IC&RC: How did you conduct your research?

SPK: One of our early studies investigated the policies and practices around workforce used by multiple providers providing substance abuse treatment services in a single state. We found that treatment organizations respond, not surprisingly, to the demands of their funder. If the funder requires minimum criteria for staff, then the organization will raise its standard to that level. We are in a time when treatment organizations generally have multiple funders – private insurance, state block grants, and departments of correction. Managing the competing demands of these funding sources is challenging.

However, when organizations were asked about what funding source was the most important to their organization, those that responded that it was a criminal justice source (such as courts, corrections, community corrections) were less likely to rate counselor education or credentialing as important. This perspective was supported by evidence of lower educational and credentialing levels of the staff within these organizations. This implies that the staff within these organizations may be among the least likely to adopt the use of evidence-based practices.

Since this initial study, we have been exploring policies and practices in multiple states to discern the similarities and differences of funding source requirements. The funding sources we are most interested in are the state office of substance abuse treatment services (Single State Authority) and the state’s corrections system. We are trying to assess how these two state governmental entities coordinate and collaborate to ensure that offenders exiting prison are treated within the community.  As part of these case studies, we are interviewing multiple administrators within each state and examining policy documents across state-level departments.  

IC&RC: What was most surprising to you in the results?

SPK: To date, we have not found one state that is similar to another. Each state’s configuration around the issue of treatment within the community for offenders is organized very differently. Fortunately, we do think that we’ve found some exemplars that could be models for other states around the country.

IC&RC: Thank you for your time. Your work is fascinating!

Additional questions or comments for Dr. Kubiak can be directed to

ICCA Endorses CCJP

This spring, the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), a membership organization dedicated to promoting community-based corrections for adults and juveniles and enhancing public safety, endorsed IC&RC’s Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional credential. ICCA’s support recognizes that the criminal justice system needs addiction professionals versed in a wide range of disciplines, including criminal justice, addictions and other human service disciplines.  The ICCA issued a statement that read: “Well-trained Criminal Justice Counselors provide the optimal opportunity for successful prevention, intervention and treatment of substance use disorders and related problems.” 
In addition, IC&RC is currently working with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to add the CCJP to their list of approved credentials. We are very excited about the addition of these new agencies and look forward to working with them to improve treatment for offender populations.

Focus on: Criminal Justice

by Donna Johnson, JD, CAS, ICADC, ICCJP, CCDP, LADC – CCJP Chair

May is National Drug Court Month, so it is an appropriate time to celebrate the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional. Criminal justice agencies are now recognizing that those providing addiction treatment in offender populations must have special skill sets to meet the needs of this most difficult and risky population and also assure public safety. 

While a growing body of data makes it clear that a particular set of knowledge, skills and attitudes are most effective in addressing the problematic thinking, attitudes and behavior of this population, it is also true that the vast majority of those involved in this endeavor are never exposed to this body of knowledge.  The CCJP credential offers agencies and employers professionals who have demonstrated those required skills by possessing the credential of the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional.

IC&RC brought together the leading professionals worldwide in the areas of addiction and criminal justice to provide input and develop criteria for the Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional credential.  In addition to our reknowned advisory board, the current CCJP Committee consist of experts in the criminal justice/addictions fields from across the country.

The purpose of the CCJP credential is to:

  • Reduce crime by providing effective drug treatment.
  • Cut tax dollars spent to incarcerate repeat substance abusing offenders.
  • Build public confidence in the ability of those working with criminal-justice caseloads.
  • Ensure quality to the consumer of substance abuse treatment in a criminal justice setting.
  • Increase the level of credibility of those working with substance abusing offenders.
  • Open doors to new professional opportunities for addiction counselors and criminal justice professionals.
  • Offer organizations, agencies, and employers the option of professionals who have demonstrated the special skills required to work with offender and criminal justice populations. 


CCJPs must be knowledgeable of the services provided by the treatment and criminal justice systems.  Knowledge is required in such  areas as theories of addiction, theories of criminality, pharmacology, involuntary commitment procedures, criminal case processing, ethical guidelines and confidentiality limitations with clients in correctional/criminal justice settings, coordination of services and monitoring, court alternatives and conditions of probation.

The number of individuals incarcerated in our society has more than doubled over the past decade.  The evidence is conclusive that addiction is highly correlated with criminal behavior and criminal involvement. As a result, the criminal and juvenile justice systems and providers of substance-abuse treatment share a responsibility to provide the best possible treatment.