Renew an Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Credential (CASAC)
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Overview

In order to ensure continued competence and maintenance of skills, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) requires that your CASAC certificate be renewed every three years.

Approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date of your credential, the OASAS Credentialing Unit will mail a notice of expiration and a Renewal Application to your address currently on file. Therefore, it is very important that you notify the Credentialing Unit in writing if you have had a change of address. If you have changed addresses without notifying the Credentialing unit, you may request a Renewal Application Packet be resent to a new address by calling the Credentialing Unit at 1-800-482-9564 (Option #1). Submission of the completed Renewal Application Packet is required at least 45 days prior to the expiration date of your credential to allow enough time for the review to be completed.

Applications not submitted in time, or incomplete applications could result in your credential expiring before it can be renewed. A credential can be renewed up to one year after expiration, but late fees will be added and you may not use the credential professionally during that time, which may impact your employment status.

Note:  Once your credential has expired, you may not identify yourself as a credentialed counselor.

Application

Your application will be reviewed within 30 days of receipt by the Credentialing Unit. 

If your application is determined to be incomplete, you will be mailed a CASAC Renewal Application Review Summary. Identified deficiencies must be satisfactorily addressed prior to the expiration date of your credential or you will be subject to a late fee. When your application is approved, you will be issued a new CASAC certificate which will expire on the last day of the three-year period.

Please call the Credentialing Unit at 1-800-482-9564 (Option #1), to inquire about the late renewal or reinstatement processes

CASAC Levels

If you are applying for an upgraded CASAC level with this renewal application, please include the following documentation.

CASAC 2: A copy of your Associates (or higher) degree.  

CASAC Advanced or CASAC Master Level: A copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree and proof of completion of the Clinical Supervision Foundations training(s).  If the CSF training was completed during your current credentialed period, it may be applied toward meeting both the upgrade and renewal requirements.

Continuing Professional Education

You must document completion of continuing professional education consisting of a minimum of 60 clock hours (40 hours must be related to substance abuse counseling).

  • A one-time requirement for three hours of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) training must be completed by all CASACs. If you have not submitted the approved training with a previous initial or renewal application, you will need to do so on your next application.  
  • A continuing requirement for six hours of OASAS approved ethics training will be required upon every renewal.
  • If you hold a Gambling Specialty Designation, an additional 10 hours of gambling-related education and/or training must be completed and submitted.

The Credentialing Unit may not "pre-approve" any education and/or training prior to submission of the Renewal Application.

All continuing professional education claimed must have been completed during your current credentialed period and must be non-repetitive (i.e., the same course cannot be claimed more than one time during each credentialed period).

Continuing professional education consists of any training session, seminar, workshop, college course or in-service training that is relevant to the maintenance and enhancement of your competency in the provision of substance use disorder treatment services. Trainings must be from an OASAS-approved education and training provider and documented on a standardized certificate. Training announcements, agendas, e-mails, handwritten certificates, sign-in sheets, etc. are not appropriate forms of documentation of completion of training. Conferences held in New York State, independent of an academic institution, must be pre-approved by the OASAS Learning and Development Unit.

There is no limit on the number of clock hours completed through distance learning.

Professional Development

A maximum of 20 clock hours in the area of Professional Development may be claimed toward satisfying the continuing professional education. The content may be in any area that enhances your professional development as a counselor. Coursework claimed must be supported by submission of copies of all training certificates. Coursework claimed in this area must be approved/developed by a recognized authority including:

  • accredited colleges and universities;
  • State, Federal or local government; or
  • organizations nationally recognized for continuing educational credits by other professional organizations (including their local chapters/affiliates.)
Professional Activity

A maximum of 28 clock hours of professional activities related to substance abuse counseling may be claimed toward the requirement of education and training. All professional activities being claimed must be supported by a completed Professional Activities Verification Record Form. Professional activities may include conducting presentations, teaching, authoring articles published in professional journals, supervising interns and/or participating in substance use-related volunteer activities. If you are claiming clock hours for authoring an article, a copy of the published article must be submitted.

Professional education for renewal application is based on clock hours, but some training providers may use a different measurement system:

Clock Hours = the actual number of hours for the training, minus any breaks.  (Example:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks = 7 clock hours).

Credit Hours = Used by most Colleges or Universities. One college credit (graduate or undergraduate) equals 15 clock hours.  (Example:  3 credits = 45 clock hours).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) = Used by some national behavioral health associations. One CEU equals 10 clock hours.  (Example:  .7 CEUs = 7 clock hours).

Professional Activities Preparation Time = one-half hour for every one hour of actual presentation.

Competency and Ethical Conduct

You must arrange to have your current supervisor or program director complete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct on your behalf which should be submitted as part of your application.

If you were not employed at any time during your current credentialed period, and you do not have a current or most recent supervisor or program director who can complete an Evaluation of Competency and Ethical Conduct on your behalf, you may identify a QHP who has known you during this credentialed period to serve as your evaluator, provided that he/she is not a relative or a subordinate. 

Fee Schedule

All fees are non-refundable and must be made payable to "NYS OASAS". Personal checks can only be accepted for renewal of a credential.  All other fees must be made in the form of a certified check or money order.

Renewal Fee:  $150

Renewal fee for dual credential holders  $100.00 for each credential

Renewal Late Fee:  $25 for every six-month period, or part thereof, past the expiration date of your credential

Failure to update contact information fee $25