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Affiliations

International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

“LASACT is a proud member of IC&RC, which protects the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. The largest organization of its kind, IC&RC represents more than 40,000 professionals worldwide.”

The Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority

The Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA – http://www.la-adra.org/) is the state agency authorized by law to credential Addiction Professionals in Louisiana. Since ADRA’s major priority is public protection, it works in partnership with LASACT to ensure that applicants for credentialing meet the highest levels of competency.

Applicants must meet both educational and work-related requirements as established in the law—LA 803. Once these requirements have been met, applicants must pass an examination provided by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and administered by LASACT. The credential is granted after the examination is passed and is good for two years. Forty-eight hours of continuing education are required during each two-year period.

The entry levels for all credentials are the Counselor in Training (CIT) for addiction counselors and the Prevention Specialist in Training (PSIT) for prevention professionals. These statuses may be held for a maximum of 72 months while the CIT or PSIT works toward meeting the credentialing requirements. An applicant must have completed 180 hours of substance abuse specific education before applying to be a CIT.

Procedure to Test for ADRA Credentials (LAC, CAC, RAC, CCS, LPP, CPP, RPP)

When the educational and work requirements are met, the CIT/PSIT who wishes to become credentialed as an Addiction Counselor or Prevention Specialist must submit an application to the ADRA) to verify that they have met both the educational and experiential requirements for credentialing as specified in LA 803.

An application fee is paid with submission of the documents, and a criminal background check is required.

The ADRA reviews all applications for approval, emails those who are approved, and attaches the Test Payment Form. This form is submitted to LASACT along with the appropriate testing fee. The testing fees are as follows:

LAC, CAC, RAC, LPP, CPP, RPP – $285
CCS – $200

Acceptable methods of payment are checks, all major credit cards, money orders, and PayPal. A convenience fee of $10 is added to all credit card and PayPal charges.

Download Test Payment Form here.

LASACT will enter the candidate’s information and email address as shown on the Test Payment Form into ISO Quality Testing Company’s database. Candidates will receive further instructions on how to proceed to schedule the test via their specified email address.

The testing company allows tests to be scheduled five (5) days out from whenever one registers, at the convenience of the candidate. The LASACT Office in Baton Rouge is a testing site, and we invite candidates to test with us. All testing is computer-based, using legally defensible tests provided by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Results are received immediately upon completion of the test.

There is a 90-day waiting period and a re-test fee after a failed attempt. There is no waiting period when taking a different test. After four failed attempts, remedial action is necessary.

The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium

IC&RC

The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) is the world leader in addiction-related credentialing.

IC&RC promotes public protection by offering internationally recognized credentials and examinations for prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals.

Professionals that hold eligible certifications or licenses are able to transfer their credentials between jurisdictions that use IC&RC products.

The IC&RC provides free Candidate Guides for candidates for testing. Access the guides through the links below. Please note that the ADC Guide applies to the Louisiana CAC and RAC credentials. The AADC Guide applies to the Louisiana LAC credential.

Practice Exams

Practice Exams are available for the following IC&RC examinations:

  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC)
  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC)
  • Clinical Supervisor (CS)
  • Prevention Specialist (PS)
  • Peer Recovery (PR)

To access Practice Exams, click here.

Department of Transportation (DOT) and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Information

INTRODUCTION

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Guidelines cover over 7 million transportation safety-sensitive positions such as airline pilots, school bus drivers, shipping boat captains, and tractor-trailer drivers, to name just a few.

The regulations require that any safety-sensitive individual who refuses a drug test, tests positive for drugs, or has a breath alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater must be immediately removed from duty and referred to an SAP.

QUALIFICATIONS

The definition of a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is as follows: an SAP is a licensed physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy); or a licensed or certified psychologist, social worker, or employee assistance professional; or an addiction counselor credentialed by one of the following organizations:

  1. Louisiana Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority (ADRA) as either a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC); Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC); or Registered Addictions Counselor (RAC); IFa member of LASACT – LAC’s, CAC’s, and RAC’s who are NOT members of; LASACT do not qualify; OR
    2. International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC); OR
    3. National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Certification Commission (NAADAC)

Currently, all LAC’s, CAC’s, and RAC’s who are members of LASACT meet the definition of SAP because of LASACT’s membership in the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

All SAP’s must be knowledgeable and remain current with the DOT Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines. A counselor who wishes to become an SAP must complete an SAP training course and satisfactorily complete an examination. Every three years, all SAP’s must complete a refresher course to be able to continue to act as a Substance Abuse Professional.

SAP EXAM

The SAP exam must be administered by a nationally recognized professional or training organization whose examination must be validated by a test evaluation organization. The examination must comprehensively cover all the elements of qualification training.

LASACT has access to the IC&RC exam that meets these requirements. The SAP exam, which LASACT administers, will be given at times and locations agreed upon with the applicant. This exam can be taken only by paper and pencil at this time.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

LASACT is offering this exam to all LAC’s, CAC’s, RAC’s, and other qualified professionals in Louisiana who are interested in pursuing DOT work. Anyone who wishes to qualify to be an SAP must hold an LAC, CAC, or RAC credential from the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA) and must be a LASACT member. A membership application form can be downloaded from this website. Membership in LASACT is required for the entire period that an LAC, CAC, or RAC holds a valid SAP certificate.

Other types of professionals, i.e. LCSW’s, LPC’s, LMFT’s, etc., who wish to become an SAP must verify that they meet the DOT’s qualifications for this designation before applying to LASACT for testing.

Upon receipt of notification of SAP test score, LASACT notifies the applicant, provides a certificate showing that the applicant is qualified to do SAP work, and lists the applicant on this web page. Those who do not pass the SAP test may schedule to re-take it.

The SAP must be renewed every three years by taking a recertification course.

CONCLUSION

SAP training is offered on an ongoing basis. According to DOT, no counselor can be considered an SAP until completing the required training and taking the exam. SAP tests can be taken at the IC&RC quarterly testing period (March, June, September, and December) or in the LASACT office with a two-week advance notification to give time to receive the test from IC&RC.

The SAP exam covers a lot of DOT regulations. A web page that is helpful to review before taking the SAP exam is as follows: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rulesregs/fmcsr/regs/40.htm

Click here for Information on DOT 5 Panel Notice.

The SAP test fee is $285a $10 convenience fee is added for PayPal and credit card payments.

Click the “Buy Now” button below to pay the testing fee here. The convenience fee is included.

SAP Renewal


Re-testing is not required. After taking a renewal course, send a copy of the certificate of course completion to LASACT for your records here. If we do not receive this certificate, we will remove your name from our website. Keep a copy of the certificate for the renewal course in your records so that it will be available in the event of an audit.

It is the responsibility of the individual SAP to keep track of renewal dates. Since the SAP is not a LASACT certification, we do not send out renewal reminders.

SAP’s

The persons listed below have successfully completed both the DOT Home Study Course and the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) examination and hold themselves out as being able to perform DOT work. Please verify their credentials with them.

SAP Contact Information provided by Individual.

NameContact InformationSAP# / Exp. DateCity / Zip Code
Angela AlexanderSecond Wind Connection, LLC
1799 Stumpf Blvd., Bldg. 1 Ste. 2
504.261.7512
#046
11/30/2020
Gretna, LA 70056
Barbara M. Allen#001
8/31/2022
Shreveport, LA
Priscilla Broussard#048
1/31/2021
Jacqueline A. DanzellOasis Behavioral Wellness
910 Pierremont Rd., Ste. 410
Phone: 318.861.8625
Fax: 318.861.8626
#A45
6/30/2021
Shreveport, LA 71106
Rebecca L. Davis, CAC, SAP, CCGCSouth Central Louisiana Human Services Authority
Raceland and Houma
Phone: 985.537.6823 or 985.857.3615
Rebecca.Davis@la.gov
#037
1/20/2023
Raceland and Houma, LA
Perry deLapouyadePhone: 504.304.9980
Fax: 504.267.4062
Cell: 504.884.3575
perrylac@hotmail.com
#033
11/10/2021
New Orleans, LA 70119
David DicksonDSAD Counseling
1295 Florida Ave., SW
Phone: 225.243.5573
Fax: 225.243.6029
dpdickson@hotmail.com
#028
7/31/2020
Denham Springs, LA 70726
David Fatheree407 Hillbrooke Dr.
Phone: 337.298.8885
#A043
6/30/2022
Broussard, LA 70518-4576
Daryl W. HebertP.O. Box 513
Phone: 225.921.8855
aspire-cs@cox.net
#034
6/30/2022
Gonzales, LA 70707
Alfred Johnson9365 Briar Crest St.
Phone: 318.564.3514
#20904
1/31/2022
Shreveport, LA
Will J. Jones2829 Youree Dr., Ste. 5
Phone: 318.868.8717
#A044
6/30/2020
Bossier City, LA
Christine Lerille McGillMcGill Counseling and Consulting
1011 Harding St.
Phone: 337.319.7082
SAP #009
12/16/2021
Lafayette, LA 70503
Kathy McGraw PhD, MPH, LCSW, LAC, LPP, SAP, SAEThe McGraw Group, LLC;
6860 Citrus Blvd. St. D #133,
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70123
Office Phone: 504-459-9839
drkmcgraw@mcgrawandassociates.com
I also have a metairie office.
SAP #10351115
11/16/2022
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70123
John P. Mehlhorn, MA, LAC, ICADC2955 Ridgelake Dr., Ste. 209
Phone: 504.832.0025 jpmehlhorn@aol.com
#A042
6/30/2021
Metairie, LA 70002
Ralph J. Melancon, Jr., LAC, AADC, CCDP-D, CCSAddiction Professionals of Louisiana
P.O. Box 1313
Phone: 985.637.5041 ramel521@yahoo.com
#040
5/31/2023
Thibodaux, LA 70302
Chris Salter, LAC, CCGC, CCDP-D, SAP617 South Trenton St., Ste. B
Phone: 318.251.4659 salterclinic@yahoo.com
#029
12/31/2020
Ruston, LA 71270
Lisa SchusterPhone: 225-304-6071
lschuster99@att.net
#038
11/2021
Baton Rouge, LA
M Blaine Theriot MSN LAC SAPMBT Counseling
Offices in Lafayette and Opelousas Louisiana
Complete DOT and Non-DOT Substance Abuse Evaluations. Also listed online at saplist.com
Not in the office all the time; no staff support in Lafayette office; contact at cellphone.
Phone: 337-212-4421
#A54
5/30/2021
Lafayette, LA
Jodi Maureen Underwood, MA, LAC, LPC, SAPCompass Counseling, LLC
4957 Big Lake Rd.
Phone: 337.477.0708; Fax: 337.477.0508
#015
7/31/2022
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Jeny Williams-Rodrigue, MS, LAC, ICAADC, SAP, CCGC, CCTPA Pathway to Life Counseling Services
Cellphone: 504.410.7008
Email: Jeny.apathwaytolife@gmail.com
#A56
7/11/2021
701 Papworth Ave. Ste. 201
Metairie, LA. 70005
Brian HenryAlternative Outpatient Services
341 Doucet Rd., Ste. A
Phone: 337.234.0830
bchenry14@yahoo.com
#053
3/18/2023
Lafayette, LA 70503
Marketa PaulPhone: 225-936-4103
mapaul42@gmail.com
#054
3/21/2023
Baton Rouge, LA
Susan Shirley, LAC, SAP, NCCE, NCPC, CAP, CRC, NCC3 Flagg Place #A3
Phone: 337.356.5486
Bridge Back to Life
bridgebacktolife87@yahoo.com
#025
6/30/2023
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517