The Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey’s primary function is the education, certification and testing of addiction and peer specific mental health professionals in the State of New Jersey as well as internationally in partnership with the IC&RC. Learn more about the Certification Board

Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC ) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor(CADC) applicants must fill out and submit an application to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs, Marriage and Family Board, Alcohol and Drug Counseling Committee. More information and applications at njconsumeraffairs.gov/adc/Pages/applications.aspx.
The Certification Board  provides the Transcript Review   and the Written and Oral Exams for the LCADC and CADC. All other applications and re-certifications are handled via Certemy. Please see our applications page for more details.

All of The Certification Board’s income is generated by fees related to certification of Addiction and Peer Specific Mental Health Professionals. In order to keep fees as reasonable as possible, The Certification Board has limited staffing resources to answer individual questions.

Changes to how we are working due to Covid-19

Exams, training and telecounseling

Prometric, our testing partner,  resumed testing for essential services programs in U.S. and Canada test centers effective May 1st, where we are able to do so. NJ, NY and PA are not on the list for openings due to governmental distancing restrictions at this time.

All candidates who will not be able to test as a result of social distancing policies through May and June should have been notified in early May via email.  For more information please read the complete correspondence from the IC&RC 

Waiver of In-Person Continuing Education Requirements to Promote Social Distancing for NJ Professionals

New Jersey is temporarily suspending rules that ordinarily require in-person continuing education to maintain a professional license, certificate of registration, or certification for  the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee. Read the complete email from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs for more details.

We have  delayed the requirement for the IC&RC Peer Recovery written exam until at least January 2021 for all CPRS applicants. Should the regulations change prior to January 2021, the Board will make announcements on our home page and via our newsletter  This means that all CPRS applicants from October 1, 2019 on will not be required to take the IC&RC Peer Recovery exam. Completed applications, lacking the exam, should have been sent in early April.  More details on the motion and the alert from Medicaid that prompted our motion.

Temporary Suspension of  Certification Requirements for of Peer Recovery Support  Specialists

For providers enrolling peer recovery support specialists with one (1) year lived experience or having worked in the addictions field for 2 to 4 years, but lacking certification as a CPRS, CRSP, NCPRSS or certification by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) with a credential in peer recovery, the 7/1/20 requirement for peers having obtained one of these certifications is temporarily suspended until 1/1/21.

Independent clinics should continue to complete and sign the Peer Recovery Support Specialist attestation enclosed with the Peer Recovery Support Specialist Addendum.  Clinics must document the absence of the required certification for the enrolling Peer Recovery Support Specialist on the attestation and shall follow-up with the DXC Technology Provider Enrollment Unit prior to January 1, 2021 to provide the required certification. Complete details on COVID-19 and Certification of Peer Recovery Support from the N.J. Dept. of Human Services .

Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications during the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

During the   national emergency health care providers subject to the HIPAA Rules may seek to communicate with patients, and provide telehealth services, through remote communications technologies.  Some of these technologies may not fully comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Rules.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19  emergency. A covered health care provider can use any non-public facing remote communication product.

Please see the communication from The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for complete details and suggestions on how to implement telehealth.

All of The Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey’s (The Certification Board’s) income is generated by fees related to certification of Addiction and Peer Specific Mental Health Professionals. In order to keep fees as reasonable as possible, The Certification Board has limited staffing resources to answer individual questions.