Join the Behavioral Health Administration
in celebrating the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Recovery Month,
Join the Voices for Recovery, Strengthen Families and Communities

Friday, September 8, 2017
at our kick-off event, at Rice Auditorium on the Spring Grove Hospital campus. REGISTER HERE

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National Conference on Addiction Disorders August 16-20 | Baltimore

National Conference on Addiction Disorders
August 16-20 | Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel | Earn up to 26.5 CEs

Join addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare professionals of all types
working together to Navigate Passages to Recovery.

The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium encourages you to connect and engage with national experts and resources at the 2017 National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

Speaker Spotlight:
P05 – Plenary Presentation – Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD, Director Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to address NCAD, Awards Presentation: Addiction Professional, Behavioral Healthcare, NALGAP Presidents Awards
1.0 CE | Saturday, August 19 | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Kimberly A. Johnson, Ph.D., Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, leads the center’s activities to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective substance use disorder treatment and recovery services. Dr. Johnson’s extensive experience in and contributions to the behavioral health field ensure the center’s programs are correctly focused and support SAMHSA’s mission.


All Registration Inquiries including Session Selection, Payment, Receipts and Attendance Policy Inquiries: Please call Ellen Kelley 216.373.1223 or email


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New Registered Peer Supervisor Guidelines & Application

New Registered Peer Supervisor (RPS) Application

Effective July 1, 2017, all Peer Supervisors are required to meet the new MABPCB Guidelines to become a Registered Peer Supervisor.  Please review the new guidelines carefully before submitting your application RPS 2017 Revised Application

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CPRS Study Guide

A free IC&RC study guide has been added to the CPRS page

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Coming Soon!!!!!

The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine will be offering free, online training for potential Peer Recovery Specialists as well as re-certification training for individuals already working in this field. All of the training modules will include PowerPoint presentations and interviews with key experts in the field, and role-plays that will demonstrate skills being discussed. The modules will be provided for free and CEU’s towards certification and re-certification will be available. Please visit  for more information.

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Local Overdose Alert! from MD Hospital Association

DEA Warns of Local Overdose Outbreak


MHA is sending you this alert to notify you of the following message sent just before 2 p.m. this afternoon from the local arm of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; please forward to those on your team that need to see it. In addition, DHMH Deputy Secretary Howard Haft notes the department is “aware that carfentanyl overdoses have occurred in Pennsylvania. It is not clear what the actual substance was in these cases.”


From DEA:



Please be aware that there were 7 heroin/opioid overdoses in the past two hours in Westminster, MD.  Several of the victims related the locations where they purchased the potent drugs:  near the Billie Holiday statue in west Baltimore, Monroe Street, Lexington Street, and Randallstown, MD.  Please task your sources about this outbreak.  If you have information concerning this event, please notify me and your local police agency.

Charles W. (Buck) Hedrick
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Group Supervisor
Baltimore Intelligence Group
(410) 244-3444 (O)
(410) 365-3779 (M)

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Listening Session

The Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Administration, Dr. Bazron, would like to hear your thoughts and views concerning the current status of peer support and how we can move forward to sustain, support and expand peer services within Maryland’s Behavioral Health System. Click the link to below if you have a desire to participate.  Listening Session – Carroll County


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Changes to Peer Supervisor Requirements

Attention Peer Supervisors,
 Beginning January 1, 2017, Approved Peer Supervisors will be required to become a “Registered” Peer Supervisor (RPS).  This entails submitting a Registered Peer Supervisor (RPS) application, a copy of your certificate of attendance for the peer supervisor training, and a $25 application fee.  Please visit the CPRS page to access the registered peer supervisor application.  
If registration is not received by June 30, 2017, your “approval” status to supervise peers will be deactivated.
Beginning July 1, 2017, the one-time registration fee will increase to $50.00, and all Peer Supervisors will be required to attend a 6-hour continuing education peer supervisor refresher course every 2-years.
Again, please note with your “approved” status, you are only required to pay a $25 application fee until June 30, 2017.  Beginning July 1, 2017, the application fee will increase to $50 and the refresher course will be required for “ALL” peer supervisors, including those who transitioned from the “Approved” status to the “Registered” status.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board at (866)537-5340 or
LaToya Nkongolo, LCSW-C, LCADC, CCDP, RPS
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Studying for the CAC Exam? Read This!



IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is making changes to the Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) examination.

Since June of 2008, the ADC examination has included a written case presentation where candidates were provided with a case overview of a hypothetical client and asked 13 associated questions about the case. This long case study will be eliminated from the ADC examination effective February 1, 2017. The long case will be replaced with multiple smaller vignettes approximately 1-2 paragraphs in length with 3-5 associated examination question.

Candidates currently scheduled for an examination on or after February 1, 2017 will be taking the examination with multiple small vignettes.

The change from long to small case studies will not affect the scoring of examinations. As per usual, there will be 150 items on the ADC examination and the score range will be 200-800 with a 500 passing.

An updated Candidate Guide is available reflecting this change here.

More information on IC&RC’s ADC credential and examination can be found at this link:

Thank you.


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The annual conference for NAMI Maryland will be held on October 14th & 15th.  This conference will provide individuals a chance to learn about the latest research & uncover resources that you may not have known were available.  Invitations are extended to individuals with mental illness, families, faith leaders, community members, students, healthcare providers and criminal justice professionals.  Here is the link to register for the conference and obtain additional information.

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