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2014 Addictions Professional Day Award

As part of the National Recovery Month celebration, September 20th has been designated as Addictions Professionals Day. Each year at this time, OASAS honors professionals whose work best exemplifies excellence and quality service in the field. This year's award recipients are:

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New 350-Hour Standardized Curriculum

The CASAC 350-hour standardized curriculum initial requirements will change effective 1/1/2014.

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The CASAC/CASAC-Trainee Application is now available to print online.  Please note that effective June 30, 2013, Justice Center legislation requires applicants to have a Criminal Background Check completed prior to receiving the CASAC or CASAC-Trainee certificate.

Credentialing Overview

OASAS is committed to enhancing the quality of services in New York State through professional development of the alcoholism and substance abuse services and problem gambling workforce. To ensure that counselors and prevention practitioners who provide direct care and services are competent and ethical in their work and skilled in meeting the needs of today's society, OASAS issues professional credentials -- Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Credentialed Problem Gambling Counselor (CPGC), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) and Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) -- to individuals who meet specific eligibility requirements and pass appropriate examinations.

Which Credential is for you?

The CASAC is intended for individuals who provide alcoholism and substance abuse COUNSELING services in approved work settings. You should consider pursuing the CASAC if your work experience includes the following tasks: Diagnostic Assessment; Evaluation; Intervention; Referral; and Alcoholism and/or Substance Abuse Counseling in both Individual and Group Settings.

The CPGC is intended for individuals who provide problem gambling COUNSELING services in approved work settings. You should consider pursuing the CPGC if your work experience includes the following tasks: Diagnostic Assessment; Evaluation; Intervention; Referral; and Problem Gambling Counseling in both Individual and Group Settings.

The CPP and CPS are intended for individuals who provide alcohol and substance abuse PREVENTION services in approved work settings. You should consider pursuing the CPP or CPS if your work experience is based on a comprehensive, multi-dimensional prevention services approach which includes the following five performance domains: Planning and Evaluation; Education and Skill Development; Community Organization; Public and Organizational Policy; and Professional Growth and Responsibility.  

The titles CASAC, CPGC, CPP or CPS may not be used to engage in private practice unless otherwise authorized by law.

2014 Addictions Professional Day Award Recipients