Thursday, October 16, 2008

OASAS Prevention Credentialing and Staff Requirements take effect in 2010

On September 26, 2008 OASAS issued a local services bulletin entitled "Prevention Credential and Staffing Requirements".

Here is the stated purpose of the bulletin:

The purpose of this Local Services Bulletin (LSB) is to outline the prevention credential and staffing requirements for Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) funded community and school-based prevention programs. While these new standards do not go into effect until July 2010, all funded prevention providers are encouraged to work toward and demonstrate compliance on a voluntary basis prior to the effective date.

The bulletin goes on to describe the procedure of personel with lapsed CPP and CPS credentials to get re-instated, and the requirements of agencies to have credentailed prevention supervisory staff and a percentage of credentialed prevention staff to meet licensing requlations for program operation by 2010.

GCASA has always been supportive of credentialing for prevention staff and has a number of staff with the credential such as Maryann Bowman, Shannon Ford, and Jim Morasco. Other staff are working toward their credential and GCASA fully supports them in their efforts.

To access the bulletin click here.

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