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Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners
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The Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners regulates Certified and Licensed Addiction Counselors in the State of Colorado. Board activities include review of licensure applications, complaints, and enforcement of disciplinary actions against those found to have violated the Mental Health Practice Act or Board Rules. The Board is made up of seven members, four professionals, and three public, who meet six times per year.

Program Information

Program/Board Members

Reina Sbarbaro-Gordon, Program Director

State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-894-7800  |  Fax: 303-894-7764  |  Email: dora_mentalhealthboard@state.co.us

 

Board Members:

  • Erika Hoy, LAC
    Professional Member |Term Expires: December 31, 2024

  • Kristina Daniel, LAC 
    Professional Member |Term Expires: December 31, 2025

  • Halcyon Driskell, CAC III
    Professional Member | Term Expires: December 13, 2024

  • Crystal Kisselburgh, LAC
    Professional Member| Term Expires: December 31, 2025

  • Anjali Jones
    Public Member| Term Expires: June 30, 2026

  • Theresa Lopez
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2026

  • Jonathan Culwell
    Public Member | Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Public Notices

Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - October 4, 2022

The State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners will hold an Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to allow stakeholders a final opportunity to provide testimony before the Board considers adopting multiple proposed new and revised rules to implement Colorado Senate Bill 22-116 (Concerning the ability of an individual to obtain an occupational credential through the occupational credential portability program); Colorado House Bill 22-1284 (Concerning updates to state surprise billing laws to facilitate the implementation of surprise billing protections, and aligning state law with the federal "No Surprises Act"); Executive Order D 2022-032 (Directing State Agencies to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care in Colorado); and Executive Order D 2022-034 (Protecting Colorado’s Workforce and Expanding Licensing Opportunities). The Board will consider all proposed rules on a permanent basis, and in addition, will consider an emergency adoption of Rules 1.24 and 1.25, to comply with the Governor’s 90-day reporting requirements.

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - August 12, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all Healthcare Boards and Programs that allowed stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new and/or revised rules to implement Colorado House Bill 22-1284 (Concerning updates to state surprise billing laws to facilitate the implementation of surprise billing protections, and, in connection therewith, aligning state law with the federal "No Surprises Act").

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 29, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all Boards and Programs that allowed stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new rules to implement the directives of Executive Order D-2022-034 (Protecting Colorado’s Workforce and Expanding Licensing Opportunities).

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 22, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' held a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all healthcare Boards and Programs that allowed stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new rules to implement the directives of Executive Order D-2022-032 (Directing State Agencies to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care in Colorado).

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 22, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations' will hold a Joint Stakeholder Meeting for all healthcare Boards and Programs to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, and help develop new rules to implement the directives of Executive Order D-2022-032 (Directing State Agencies to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care in Colorado).

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - June 10, 2022

The Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) will hold a Joint Stakeholder Meeting to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation of Colorado Senate Bill 22-116 (Concerning the ability of an individual to obtain an occupational credential through the occupational credential portability program) which amends the Red Tape Reduction Act (HB20-1326/Section 12-20-202, C.R.S.); and subsequent proposed draft rules for each Board/Program. In an effort to provide advanced notice of this meeting, the draft rules for each Board/Program will not be available until Friday, May 27, 2022. To review the draft rules, please click on the "Notice, SB22-116, and Draft Rules" link below, on or after the availability date

 

Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - February 8, 2022

The State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners held an Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on February 8, 2022, that allowed stakeholders a final opportunity to provide testimony before the Board considered adopting the proposed revisions to Rules 1.9, 1.13, 1.19, and 1.20 to implement Colorado House Bill 21-1305 (Concerning the practice of mental health professionals, and clarifying education and hours of practice required for licensure or certification as an addiction counselor; and establishing supervision privileges for certified and licensed addiction counselors). These revisions were considered on an Emergency basis to comply with the effective date of the bill, which was March 1, 2022. 

 

Stakeholder Meeting - December 14, 2021

The State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners held a virtual Stakeholder Meeting to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation of Colorado House Bill 21-1305 (Concerning the practice of mental health professionals, and clarifying education and hours of practice required for licensure or certification as an addiction counselor; and establishing supervision privileges for certified and licensed addiction counselors); and subsequent proposed draft rules.

 

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - Oct 5, 2021

The State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners held a Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on October 5, 2021, that allowed stakeholders a final opportunity to provide feedback before the Board considered adopting revisions to the Rule 1.8(B), to implement Colorado Senate Bill 21-077 (Concerning the elimination of verification of an individual's lawful presence in the United States as a requirement for individual credentialing).


Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - April 6, 2021

The State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners will hold a VIRTUAL Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to allow stakeholders a final opportunity to provide feedback before the Board considers adopting revisions to Rule 1.6 to implement Colorado House Bill 19-1129 (Prohibiting mental health care providers from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient under eighteen years of age); and revisions to Rules 1.12, 1.23, and Appendix A to correct language in the rules that conflict with portions of the statutes in Colorado House Bill 20-1326 (Concerning an expansion of an individual's ability to practice an occupation in Colorado through creation of an occupational credential portability program) and Colorado Senate Bill 20-102 (Concerning required disclosures to patients regarding formal actions based on sexual misconduct).

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