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New Certification: Certified Food Addiction Professional (CFAP)

The Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey introduces a new certification, the Certified Food Addiction Professional (CFAP).

Required to get this certification is completion of the INFACT Food Addiction Counselor Training.

  • This training is designed for current or future professionals in the fields of addiction, social work, health, obesity, nutrition, physical education, etc.
    It will benefit anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of the root causes of food addiction/compulsive eating and the enduring solution for it. All graduates will have learned effective methods of counseling and treatment to achieve lasting recovery.
  • INFACT alumni are launching their own practices and being hired as CERTIFIED Food Addiction Professionals (CFAPs) for leading obesity centers, hospitals and food addiction treatment centers internationally!

Scope of Service: To use the Certified Food Addiction Professional (CFAP) credential in your licensed practice or employment as an active licensed Healthcare Professional. (MD, DO, PhD, PsyD, Ed.D, LCADC, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), Licensed Nutritionist or Dietician. CLINICAL FOCUS MUST BE ON FOOD ADDICTION ONLY. THIS CREDENTIAL IS NOT TO BE UTILIZED FOR THE TREATMENT OF OTHER EATING DISORDERS.

To apply please go to  https://certbd.org/product/certified-food-addiction-professional-cfap-application/

Distance Learning on line courses listed within the DCA-ADCC Regulations for LCADC/CADC’s

Please note: As of April 23, 2021, the DCA-ADCC Committee determined that persons holding a Master’s degree who, after having their course content evaluated, need additional hours to satisfy the 270 hours requirementmust complete all the remaining hours through a synchronous/interactive training experience, that is the courses must be taken either LIVE in-person or LIVE virtually (i.e: ZOOM platform). Asynchronous (online) coursework for any of the remaining/required courses that were not waived by the course content review is not acceptable. V. REGULATORY/

Distance Learning: There has always been a maximum of  54 hours allowed for distance learning. Please refer to the above note for other limitations.

HIPAA Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth during COVID-19 Emergency

We received the following email which explains what is being recommended and allowed as part of HIPAA Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth during COVID-19 Emergency.

Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:18 PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications during the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

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

We are empowering medical providers to serve patients wherever they are during this national public health emergency. We are especially concerned about reaching those most at risk, including older persons and persons with disabilities. – Roger Severino, OCR Director.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcing certain regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, to protect the privacy and security of protected health information, namely the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (the HIPAA Rules).

During the COVID-19 national emergency, which also constitutes a nationwide public health emergency, covered 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, and the manner in which they are used by HIPAA covered health care providers, may not fully comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Rules.

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 nationwide public health emergency.  This notification is effective immediately.

A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients.  OCR is exercising its enforcement discretion to not impose penalties for noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth using such non-public facing audio or video communication products during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.  This exercise of discretion applies to telehealth provided for any reason, regardless of whether the telehealth service is related to the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions related to COVID-19.

For example, a covered health care provider in the exercise of their professional judgement may request to examine a patient exhibiting COVID- 19 symptoms, using a video chat application connecting the provider’s or patient’s phone or desktop computer in order to assess a greater number of patients while limiting the risk of infection of other persons who would be exposed from an in-person consultation.  Likewise, a covered health care provider may provide similar telehealth services in the exercise of their professional judgment to assess or treat any other medical condition, even if not related to COVID-19, such as a sprained ankle, dental consultation or psychological evaluation, or other conditions.

Under this Notice, covered health care providers may use popular applications that allow for video chats, including Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, or Skype, to provide telehealth without risk that OCR might seek to impose a penalty for noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules related to the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.  Providers are encouraged to notify patients that these third-party applications potentially introduce privacy risks, and providers should enable all available encryption and privacy modes when using such applications.

Under this Notice, however, Facebook Live, Twitch, TikTok, and similar video communication applications are public facing, and should not be used in the provision of telehealth by covered health care providers.

Covered health care providers that seek additional privacy protections for telehealth while using video communication products should provide such services through technology vendors that are HIPAA compliant and will enter into HIPAA business associate agreements (BAAs) in connection with the provision of their video communication products.  The list below includes some vendors that represent that they provide HIPAA-compliant video communication products and that they will enter into a HIPAA BAA.

  • Skype for Business
  • Updox
  • VSee
  • Zoom for Healthcare
  • Doxy.me
  • Google G Suite Hangouts Meet

Note: OCR has not reviewed the BAAs offered by these vendors, and this list does not constitute an endorsement, certification, or recommendation of specific technology, software, applications, or products. There may be other technology vendors that offer HIPAA-compliant video communication products that will enter into a HIPAA BAA with a covered entity.  Further, OCR does not endorse any of the applications that allow for video chats listed above.

Under this Notice, however, OCR will not impose penalties against covered health care providers for the lack of a BAA with video communication vendors or any other noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules that relates to the good faith provision of telehealth services during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

OCR has published a bulletin advising covered entities of further flexibilities available to them as well as obligations that remain in effect under HIPAA as they respond to crises or emergencies at https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/february-2020-hipaa-and-novel-coronavirus.pdf – PDF.

Guidance on BAAs, including sample BAA provisions, is available at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/covered-entities/sample-business-associate-agreement-provisions/index.html.

Additional information about HIPAA Security Rule safeguards is available at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/security/guidance/index.html.

HealthIT.gov has technical assistance on telehealth at https://www.healthit.gov/telehealth.

Required Courses for LCADC-CADC-CDA

All Required Preapproved Courses for LCADC/CADC . CDA in Green.

Go to Educational Manual for Learning Objectives to be covered: http://certbd.org/site/wp-content/uploads/CADC_EducationalManual.pdf

C101 Initial Interviewing- 6 hours
C102 Biopsychosocial Assessment – 12 hours (include old C209)
C103 Diagnostic Summaries- 12 hours (include old C109)
C104 Differential Diagnosis -12 hours (include old C108)

C105 Pharmacology & Physiology- 6 hours

C107 Compulsive( Disordered) Gambling – 6 hours

C201 Introduction to Counseling- 6 hours
C202 Counseling Skills – 6 hours
C203 Crisis Intervention – 6 hours
C204  Addiction Focused Counseling- 18 hours (include old C207 & C208)
C205 Group Counseling – 6 hours
C206 Family Counseling  – 12 hours (include old C106)
 
C 301 Community Resources – 18 hours (see manual)
C 302 Consultation ( in Case Management) – 18 hours (see manual)
C303 Documentation – 12 hours (see manual)
C304 HIV and Resources – 6 hours
 
C401 Addiction Recovery – 6 hours
C402 Psychological Client Education – 6 hours
C403Biochemical/ Medical Client Education- 18 hours ( include old C408&C409)
C404 Sociocultural Client Education- 6 hours
C405 Addiction Recovery & Family Psychological Education- 6 hours
C406 Biochemical and Sociocultural Family Education- 6 hours
C407 Community and Professional Education- 6 hours

C501 Ethical Standards – 6 hours
C502 Legal Standards- 6 hours
C503 Cultural Competency – 6 hours
C504 Professional Growth  – 6 hours
C505 Personal Growth – 6 hours
C506 Dimensions of Recovery  – 6 hours
C507 Supervision – 6 hours
C508 Community Involvement  – 6 hours
C509 Consultation ( Professional Standards)  – 6 hours
Total clock hours – 270 hours