Substance Abuse Counselor – Licensure requirements by state

Academic and professional requirements to become a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor vary from state to state. This directory is intended to serve as a tool for future counselors who want to learn about the substance use disorder treatment licensing and certification in their state, and it includes information about Single State Agencies (SSA), governmental, and non-governmental agencies.

State State abbreviation Agency Link
Alabama AL AL Dept. of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services Division
Alaska AK Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification
Arizona AZ Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Arkansas AR Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
California CA Board of Behavioral Sciences
Colorado CO Center for Credentialing & Education, State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners
Connecticut CT Connecticut Certification Board
Delaware DE Delaware Certification Board
District of Columbia DC District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA)
Florida FL Florida Credential Board
Georgia GA Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia
Hawaii HI Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
Idaho ID Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor Certification
Illinois IL Illinois Certification Board
Indiana IN Behavioral Health & Human Services Licensing Board
Iowa IA Iowa Board of Certification
Kansas KS Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
Kentucky KY Kentucky Board Of Alcohol And Drug Counselors
Louisiana LA Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority
Maine ME Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors
Maryland MD Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists
Massachusetts MA Bureau of Substance Addiction Services
Michigan MI Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals
Minnesota MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Mississippi MS Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors
Missouri MO Missouri Credentialing Board
Montana MT Board of Behavioral Health
Nebraska NE Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Nevada NV Nevada State Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, and Gambling Counselors
New Hampshire NH New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals
New Jersey NJ State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
New Mexico NM Counseling and Therapy Practice
New York NY National Board for Certified Counselors, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
North Carolina NC North Carolina Substance Abuse counselor Professional Practice Board
North Dakota ND North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners
Ohio OH Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (CDPB)
Oklahoma OK Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselor Association
Oregon OR Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Pennsylvania PA Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
Rhode Island RI Rhode Island Certification Board
South Carolina SC South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists
South Dakota SD Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals
Tennessee TN Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists, Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Texas TX Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals
Utah UT Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Vermont VT Vermont Alcohol and Drug Certification Board
Virginia VA Virginia Board of Counseling
Washington WA Washington Department of Health, Board of Professional Counseling
West Virginia WV West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction & Prevention Professionals
Wisconsin WI Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board
Wyoming WY Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board
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