Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor

NRS 641C.330 Requirements for issuance of license. [Effective through June 30, 2013.] 

  1. The Board shall issue a license as a clinical alcohol and drug abuse counselor to:
     
    • A person who:
      • Is not less than 21 years of age;
      • Is a citizen of the United States or is lawfully entitled to remain and work in the United States;
      • Has received a master’s degree or a doctoral degree from an accredited college or
        university in a field of social science approved by the Board that includes comprehensive course work in clinical mental health, including the diagnosis of mental health disorders;
      • Has completed a program approved by the Board consisting of at least 2,000 hours of
        supervised, postgraduate counseling of alcohol and drug abusers;
      • Has completed a program that:
        • Is approved by the Board; and
        • Consists of at least 2,000 hours of postgraduate counseling of persons with mental
          illness who are also alcohol and drug abusers that is supervised by a person professionally qualified in the field of psychiatric mental health and who is approved by the Board;
      • Passes the written and oral examinations prescribed by the Board pursuant to NRS
        641C.290
        ;
      • Pays the fees required pursuant to NRS 641C.470; and
      • Submits all information required to complete an application for a license.
         
    • A person who:
      • Is not less than 21 years of age;
      • Is a citizen of the United States or is lawfully entitled to remain and work in the United States;
      • Is:
        • Licensed as a clinical social worker pursuant to chapter 641B of NRS;
        • Licensed as a marriage and family therapist pursuant to chapter 641A of NRS; or
        • A nurse who is licensed pursuant to chapter 632 of NRS and has received a master’s
          degree or a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university;
      • Has completed at least 6 months of supervised counseling of alcohol and drug abusers approved by the Board;
      • Passes the written and oral examinations prescribed by the Board pursuant to NRS 641C.290;
      • Pays the fees required pursuant to NRS 641C.470; and
      • Submits all the information required to complete an application for a license.
  2. As used in this section, “person professionally qualified in the field of psychiatric mental health” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 433.209.
    (Added to NRS by 2007, 3063)

    NOTE: The Board of Examiners approved the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) as the required written test for the Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor as per NRS.641C.330.1.(a).(6).

      Currently licensed LCSW’s, MFT’s or Psychologists will be exempt from having to take the NCMHCE exam or documentation of clinical mental health experience. (Board decision, January 30, 2009)