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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:
PR/PRSS – $125
CCS – $200
LAC, CAC, RAC, LPP, CPP, RPP – $285
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.
You can also pay online using the link to the online marketplace located to the left of this column. Simply click "Select options," and follow the on-screen instructions.
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.
Certification Examining Board (CEB) of LASACT
Certification Examining Board (CEB) of LASACT facilitates credentialing and certification issues and functions under authority granted to it by LASACT. CEB carries out its duties independent of the political structure of LASACT. President and President-Elect of LASACT serve on the CEB, but it has a Chairperson and conducts Board meetings independent of LASACT’s Board.
CEB members are elected by the eight Substance Abuse Counselors Organizations (SACO’s) in the state, with one representative from each district. CEB is affiliated with the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), which offers reciprocity to over 70 member Boards.
Currently, a major responsibility of the CEB is to handle credential testing for the Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority (ADRA). CEB’s Responsibilities for LASACT issues currently include the following functions:
- Setting standards for certificates granted by LASACT, i.e. ADC, CPS, CCS, AADC, CCJP, PRSS, and any future certificates that may be approved
- Reviewing applications and portfolios for LASACT certification(s) and testing eligible applicants
- Resolving appeals and grievances related to certification and testing
Procedure for Testing for LASACT Certificates (AADC, CCJP, PRSS, SAP)
*Please note: CEB issues the ADC (Alcohol & Drug Counselor), CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor), and PS (Prevention Specialist) certifications offered by IC&RC for reciprocity purposes only. The practice credentials are issued by ADRA.
All applications for LASACT certificates are reviewed by the Certification Examining Board (CEB) for approval. Those who pass the LAC (AADC) test within the past five years do not have to re-test to obtain the AADC certificate.
An ADRA credential is not required to test for CCJP or PRSS. The CCJP is a sub specialty of addiction counseling and requires the ADC (& CJ Supplement) exams. If one will do this, we encourage an ADRA credential.
PRSS testing fee is $100. All other LASACT testing fees are $285 unless otherwise noted. (Refer to the Test Payment below for details.)
For ADRA and LASACT CEB testing, the candidate must submit their Test Payment form to LASACT. If this testing is for an ADRA credential, candidate MUST also attach a copy of ADRA’s approval email verifying their testing expiration date.
Contact Donna Simmoneaux at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the following link to download the Test Payment Form
Special Accommodations- Those who need special accommodations for testing are required to submit a medical form issued by LASACT. This form must be submitted 45 days prior to testing date. Contact Donna Simmoneaux at LASACT at EMAIL for the form.
For testing preparation and resources, please refer to the “Written Exam Preparation” Tab underneath the Credentialing drop down.
Fee Schedule for persons with AADC certification (A small convenience fee will be added for charges made through PayPal or Credit Card). The fees consider you are a LAC or have another practice right (ex: LCSW, LPC, etc.).
- Testing: Waived
Renewal for 1-year (Social Workers): LASACT Members $60.00 | Non-members $90.00
- Renewal for 2-year (1 Credential): LASACT Members $120.00 | Non-members
- Renewal for 2-year (More than 1 Credential): LASACT Members $150.00 | Nonmembers $305.00
(Renewals Only—Testing not Available for this Credential)
Fee Schedule for persons with CCDP certification (A small convenience fee will be added for charges made through PayPal or Credit Card).
- Renewal for 2-years for 1 credential: LASACT Members $125.00 | Nonmembers $185.00
- Renewal for 2-years for more than 1 credential: LASACT Members $155.00 |
(Renewals Only—Testing no longer Available for this Credential)
Fee Schedule for persons with CCDP/CCDP-D certification (A small convenience fee will be added for charges made through PayPal or Credit Card).
- Renewal for 1-year, 1 credential: LASACT Members $65.00 | Non-members $95.00
- Renewal for 1-years, more than 1 credential: LASACT Members $80.00 | Nonmembers $155.00
- Renewal for 2-years, 1 credential: LASACT Members $125.00 | Non-members $185.00
- Renewal for 2-years, more than 1 credential: LASACT Members $155.00 | Nonmembers $310.00
Fee Schedule for persons with CCDP/CCDP-D certification (A small convenience fee will be added for charges made through PayPal or Credit Card.)
- Renewal for 2-years, 1 credential: $125.00
- Renewal for 2-years, more than 1 credential: $155.00
Fee Schedule for persons with PRSS certification (A small convenience fee will be added for charges made through PayPal or Credit Card.)
- Application Fee: $130.00
- Testing: $130.00
- Renewal for 2-years, 1 credential: $125.00 (Rate is for Members or NonMembers)
For information, contact Donna Simmoneaux at email@example.com
The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium
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 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)
Department of Transportation (DOT) and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Information
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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
The SAP test fee is $285—a $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.
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.
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.
|Name||Contact Information||SAP# / Exp. Date||City / Zip Code|
|Angela Alexander||Second Wind Connection, LLC|
1799 Stumpf Blvd., Bldg. 1 Ste. 2
|Gretna, LA 70056|
|Barbara M. Allen||#001|
|Jacqueline A. Danzell||Oasis Behavioral Wellness|
910 Pierremont Rd., Ste. 410
|Shreveport, LA 71106|
|Rebecca L. Davis, CAC, SAP, CCGC||South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority|
Raceland and Houma
Phone: 985.537.6823 or 985.857.3615
|Raceland and Houma, LA|
|Perry deLapouyade||Phone: 504.304.9980|
|New Orleans, LA 70119|
|David Dickson||DSAD Counseling|
1295 Florida Ave., SW
|Denham Springs, LA 70726|
|David Fatheree||407 Hillbrooke Dr.|
|Broussard, LA 70518-4576|
|Daryl W. Hebert||P.O. Box 513|
|Gonzales, LA 70707|
|Alfred Johnson||9365 Briar Crest St.|
|Will J. Jones||2829 Youree Dr., Ste. 5|
|Bossier City, LA|
|Christine Lerille McGill||McGill Counseling and Consulting|
1011 Harding St.
|Lafayette, LA 70503|
|Kathy McGraw PhD, MPH, LCSW, LAC, LPP, SAP, SAE||The McGraw Group, LLC;|
6860 Citrus Blvd. St. D #133,
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70123
Office Phone: 504-459-9839
I also have a metairie office.
|SAP #10351115 |
|New Orleans, Louisiana, 70123|
|John P. Mehlhorn, MA, LAC, ICADC||2955 Ridgelake Dr., Ste. 209|
Phone: 504.832.0025 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Metairie, LA 70002|
|Ralph J. Melancon, Jr., LAC, AADC, CCDP-D, CCS||Addiction Professionals of Louisiana|
P.O. Box 1313
Phone: 985.637.5041 email@example.com
|Thibodaux, LA 70302|
|Lisa Schuster||Phone: 225-304-6071|
|Baton Rouge, LA|
|Jodi Maureen Underwood, MA, LAC, LPC, SAP||Compass Counseling, LLC|
4957 Big Lake Rd.
Phone: 337.477.0708; Fax: 337.477.0508
|Lake Charles, LA 70605|
|Jeny Williams-Rodrigue, MS, LAC, ICAADC, SAP, CCGC, CCTP||A Pathway to Life Counseling Services|
|701 Papworth Ave. Ste. 201|
Metairie, LA. 70005
|Brian Henry||Alternative Outpatient Services|
341 Doucet Rd., Ste. A
|Lafayette, LA 70503|
|Marketa Paul||Phone: 225-936-4103|
|Baton Rouge, LA|
|Susan Shirley, LAC, SAP, NCCE, NCPC, CAP, CRC, NCC||3 Flagg Place #A3|
Bridge Back to Life
|Breaux Bridge, LA 70517|
|Angela Bramande||South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority Raceland 985-537-6823 Houma 985-857-3615 Laplace 985-652-8444 Morgan City 985-380-2460||#A58 11/13/2023|
|Samuel Johnson, MS, CAC, CADC-II, CCGC, ICADC, SAP||Toucanet Counselling, LLC 2100 Woodmere Blvd Work Phone: 504.766.8456 Cell Phone: 504.677.9332||N/A|