10.58.07.10

.10 Licensure Eligibility: Out-of-State Applicants.

A. An applicant licensed or certified as a clinical alcohol and drug counselor in another state, territory, or jurisdiction, is eligible for licensure if the applicant:

(1) Files a completed Board-approved application accompanied by the required fees specified in COMAR 10.58.02.02;

(2) Provides verification that the applicant has:

(a) No history of disciplinary action past or pending; and

(b) Not committed any act or omission that would be grounds for discipline or denial of licensure under Health Occupations Article, §17-509, Annotated Code of Maryland;

(3) Provides:

(a) A copy of a current license or certification from each state, territory, or jurisdiction in which the applicant is authorized to practice alcohol and drug counseling;

(b) Documentation, satisfactory to the Board, that the applicant is currently licensed or certified in good standing to practice alcohol and drug counseling in another state, territory, or jurisdiction;

(c) Documentation or transcripts confirming completion of a master's or doctoral degree in a health or human services counseling field from a:

(i) Regionally accredited educational institution; or

(ii) Program of studies determined by the Board to be substantially equivalent;

(d) Verification, on a Board-approved form, from employers, supervisors, or colleagues that the applicant has practiced alcohol and drug counseling for the length of time specified as follows:

(i) If the applicant has a master's degree and has a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours, documentation, satisfactory to the Board, of not less than 3 years, with a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in alcohol and drug counseling, 2 years of which shall have been completed after the awarding of a master's degree;

(ii) If the applicant has a master's degree consisting of less than 60 graduate credit hours, documentation, satisfactory to the Board, of not less than 3 years experience practicing as a clinical alcohol and drug counselor, with a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical alcohol and drug counseling experience; or

(iii) If the applicant has a doctoral degree, documentation, satisfactory to the Board, of not less than 2 years practicing as a clinical alcohol and drug counselor, with a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical alcohol and drug counseling experience; and

(4) Achieves a passing score on:

(a) A national alcohol and drug counselor examination approved by the Board; and

(b) An examination of:

(i) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(ii) COMAR 10.58.

B. The Board shall waive the course requirements specified in Regulation .03B of this chapter, except for documentation or transcripts showing completion of:

(1) 3 graduate semester credit hours or 5 graduate quarter hours covering the following primary topics or content areas:

(a) Personality development;

(b) Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders; and

(c) Psychopathology; and

(2) 3 undergraduate semester credit hours or 5 undergraduate quarter hours in:

(a) The ethics of alcohol and drug counseling; and

(b) Medical aspects of chemical dependency.