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Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners
Addiction Counselor Frequently Asked Questions
Information about the Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners including licensure, renewals, and much more.
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IMPORTANT OFFICE CLOSURE ALERT

All Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) Offices at 1560 Broadway, Denver CO are closed to the public indefinitely effective 2pm on March 23rd, 2020. However, DPO staff is still working hard to help all customers remotely. Please contact the Division at dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us for assistance.

HB20-1206, CONCERNING THE CONTINUATION OF REGULATION OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), within the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has been provided the authority by the Colorado State Legislature to create the Mental Health Disciplinary Record Work Group. The Work Group will examine the state’s rules and policies with regard to the retention and use of certain kinds of disciplinary records as it relates to licensing of mental health professionals in the state. The Work Group, created by House Bill 20-1206, will meet throughout the Fall and Winter of 2020, and will make recommendations to the Governor, the Executive Director of DORA and the health committees in the House and Senate about any potential changes the Work Group identifies. 

Welcome to the Addiction Counselor Homepage

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

Board Members

Reina Sbarbaro-Gordon, Program Director

  • Alan Cook, LAC, Chair
    Professional Member |Term Expires: December 31, 2021

  • James Saunders, LAC, Vice Chair
    Professional Member| Term Expires: December 31, 2021

  • Halcyon Driskell, CAC III
    Professional Member | Term Expires: December 13, 2021

  • Eliselda (Ellie) Mata, CAC III
    Professional Member| Term Expires: December 31, 2021

  • Layne Steege
    Public Member| Term Expires: December 31, 2021

  • Theresa Lopez
    Public Member | Term Expires: December 31, 2021

  • Jonathan Culwell
    Public Member | Term Expires: December 31, 2021

Public Notices

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).

 

Stakeholder Meetings, Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing

The State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners held Joint Stakeholder Meetings on July 30, 2020, August 26, 2020, and September 15, 2020; and a separate Stakeholder Meeting for only Addiction Counselors on September 21, 2020. These Stakeholder Meetings and the upcoming Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on October 6, 2020, concern the implementation of Colorado House Bill 20-1206 (Sunset Review that Continues Regulation of Addiction Counselors and makes changes to the Mental Health Practice Act), House Bill 20-1326 (Endorsements/Creation of an Occupational Credential Portability Program), and Senate Bill 20-102 (Patient Disclosures Regarding Sexual Misconduct).

Legislative Updates
Meeting Minutes

Full Board Meeting Minutes

 

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