Don’t Forget to Vote!

MABPCB is reminding you that you have the right to vote and make your voice heard!

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Baltimore City Housing Vouchers Now!

Open Enrollment ONLINE ONLY from October 22 to October 30.

See this reminder — for anyone needing housing who fits into the criteria (info on this site: and or CALL 410-396-5666. Web-based application ONLY. There are walk-in sites, see the attachment and links. First time in over 10 years the HCV voucher has been open in Baltimore City. See this FAQ for more information: Section 8 Baltimore City waiting list_faqs1–21-14.

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A Reminder!

MABPCB is sponsoring an Ethics workshop on November 7 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, the old Montgomery General Hospital. If you are in need of a 6 hour class for recertification, or for certification toward the peer recovery specialist credential, this is where you want to be. We offer both IC&RC and NAADAC approved training, so the 6 CEUs will work in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. MABPCB is an approved provider with the MD Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, and the MD social work board accepts NAADAC-approved CEUs. So, if you work in any segment of the behavioral health field, this class is for you. Here is the registration form again for those who missed it the first time: Ethics Training November 7 2014. See you there!

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New Jobs

There are two new job announcements on the Jobs page, where else? If you are looking or know someone who is, please have a look and see if it works for you. As always, we appreciate feedback on anything we post!

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Supervision Training November 14

MABPCB will hold another Supervision Training on November 14 at Access Carroll in Westminster, MD. This training is for Certified Clinical Supervisors (CCS), Certified Alcohol & Drug Approved Supervisors (CADAS), and Peer Recovery Specialist approved supervisors (can use toward RPS). Do you know different supervision needs of addiction counselors and peer recovery specialists? If you do not, this is the course for you. Cost is $75 for most. There is a reduced rate of $60 for those who have an open application with MABPCB. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat now. Here is the flyer and registration: Supervision Training flyer Westminster 11-14-14.

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New Training Rates for Board Workshops

Trainings offered by MABPCB will have a discounted “student” rate for those who have an open application for one of the credentials the board offers: CCDC, CCDP, CCJP, CPRS, or CCS. This rate will be $60 per one day session. The regular rate for those holding a MABPCB or other professional credential is $75.

If you have been waiting to open an application, now is the time to make that move. MABPCB has two trainings this Fall on which the new rates apply. They are the Ethics course on November 7 and the Supervision course on November 14. Both these courses will have information for peer recovery specialists as well as addiction and other counselors.

MABPCB is planning to offer a test prep course for those readying for the CPRS exam, and a revised test prep course for those sitting for the CCDC/CAC-AD/CSC-AD exam that will change in late December/early January (more on the exact date later). These will both be offered at a discounted rate.

You may call or email the Board for more information on these trainings or to open an application. As always, stay posted on our latest updates by following us at the link or Liking us on Facebook.

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Ethics Training November 7 in Montgomery County

We will hold our Ethics training this year at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. It is open to certified and licensed counselors, co-occurring disorders professionals, peer recovery specialists, and others who work in behavioral healthcare. Six CEUs are provided via the IC&RC and NAADAC. Cost is $75. Click on the following flyer for more information and registration. Ethics Training November 7 2014

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A New Name

The Board met this morning and decided on a new name that is reflective of the direction it is going in. As soon as it is recorded with the State the name will be reported here.

What does this mean for you? For one, you can be assured that the Board took into consideration all of the certified persons we serve and upheld the integrity of your credential. For another, we looked toward the future and determined what would best define our role in the behavioral health landscape.

The Board looks forward to continuing to serve you for many years to come and wants you to know we are right there with you.

– David Barnes, President

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MAPCB Endorses New Youth Co-Occurring Disorders Course

The University of Maryland, School of Medicine and Maryland’s DHMH, Behavioral Health Administration have just released the Youth Co-Occurring Disorders: Behavioral Health Provider Training Series, a free online series of 19 small web-based trainings designed to “inform our behavioral health workforce about current knowledge, resources, best practices and strategies needed to support the behavioral health of youth and their families.” Each training provides CEUs for a variety of disciplines. See documents below for instructions.

MAPCB will allow up to ten (10) online CEUs to be applied toward the CCDP recertification. Other MAPCB credential holders may elect to use these courses as well, as long as they meet domain requirements and are not greater than one-quarter of the hours requirement. Of course, these trainings are open to any professional, no matter their certification or licensing board.

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Addiction Counselor Exam Changing at End of Year

For those of you preparing to take the exam for CCDC, CAC-AD or CSC-AD, the exam content will be changing in late December or early January, according to the IC&RC, the owner of the exam. The Eight Domains have been consolidated into Four Domains, and new job tasks have been written to reflect current best practices, the DSM5, and co-occurring disorder material.

If you can take the exam before the change takes place, especially if you have a completed application, it is best to do so. For those applying for the CAC-AD or CSC-AD, please contact the BOPCT at your earliest convenience to register for the exam. MAPCB will provide a low-cost testing taking training soon.

Here is the link to the new domains and job tasks: New Addiction Counselor Domains and Job Tasks

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