January 21, 2020



Over the past 2 years, IBADCC has discussed the minimal requirements towards obtaining a CADC level of certification. In our partnership with ICRC, and their certification oversight, it was determined to incorporate the requirement of a bachelor’s degree or higher as part of the minimal CADC requirements. With this change, we have explored how to implement this change as smooth as possible. We also wanted to assure those who already have a CADC but do not have a bachelor’s or higher degree would be able to continue practicing with their CADC certification. In addition, we acknowledge those who are currently working towards their CADC but may have no intention in furthering their education level. To better reflect the ISAS certification, it has also been decided to change the ISAS title to SUDA. This new title stands for Substance Use Disorder Associate. While working through as many concerns as we could identify, we have come up with a process to allow for the new changes. They are explained in a Question/Answer format.

1. Question: When does this change go into effect?
Answer: July 1st, 2020 is the effective date. Any applications submitted prior to this date will be considered under the current requirements.

2. Question: What if I’m already working towards my CADC but won’t have my application submitted by July 1st 2020?
Those pursuing their CADC prior to July 1st will need to show continuous enrollment in the process and pursuit towards the CADC certification. This can be shown by a) continued class specific studies within the CADC domains, or b) continuous work experience hours specific to the CADC domains.

3. Question: I am currently a CADC and I do not have a bachelor’s or higher level of education. Am I going to lose my CADC?
Answer: No,
as long as your CADC remains current. If for any reason, your certification lapses, resulting in re applying for your CADC, the BS degree would then be a requirement. If you have received your BS degree or higher since your certification, please update us with this information and a copy of the degree.

4. Question: Are there any changes to the work experience hours?
Answer: No.
A BS degree substitutes for 2000 hours of the 6000 hours work experience requirement. This hasn’t changed. With a BS degree you will still be required to obtain 4000 work experience hours.

5. Question: What BS degrees count for the CADC requirement?
Answer: The BS degree must be within the Behavioral Science Field. Some of these include but are not limited to: Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Social Science, Counseling and Alcohol/Drug Studies. The board will continue to develop the acceptable degree list. If you have a BS degree which you think would qualify, please email us with your rationale and we can consider adding it to the list.

6. Question: What will happen with the ISAS as a result of these changes?
Answer: With the changes, IBADCC also recognized having the word “student” in the title of the ISAS certification isn’t a very accurate description. As a result, IBADCC has decided to change the ISAS to SUDA. This acronym stands for “Substance Use Disorder Associate”. As of July 1, 2020, a transitioning to the SUDA title will begin to occur automatically. As ISAS renewals occur throughout the next 2 years, your new certification, at your time of renewal, will be SUDA rather than ISAS. Any new applications will also be for SUDA. I emphasize, there is no difference in scope of practice between the ISAS and the SUDA. Over time, this approach will phase out the ISAS title.

7. Question: I have my ISAS now, but not my CADC. Will I be required to obtain a BS degree? Answer: No. If you already have an ISAS but do not have a BS degree, you can still obtain a CADC. We recognize this is a change to your initial CADC plans and we want to support you on your CADC goal. In addition, there are some who may have begun their track towards CADC (evidenced by the classes they have taken, work experience hours done, etc.) who we will look at on an individual basis as an exception as well. Those who start to pursue CADC on and after the go live date will be required to obtain a BS degree. See also FAQ #2.

8. Question: As an ISAS or a SUDA, do I have to get my CADC?
Answer: No.
The initial thought behind the ISAS was providing a means towards obtaining the CADC, and it is encouraged to do so, however, with these changes it isn’t a requirement.

9. Question: Does the ISAS qualify under the nationally recognized standards under ICRC. Will the SUDA be under ICRC?
Answer: No. The ISAS and the SUDA is an Idaho certification and does not fall under the reciprocity through ICRC.

10. Question: Do I have to do anything different when I go to renew my ISAS?
Answer: No. The transition to SUDA will be an automatic transition and will occur when you submit your renewal application. Rather than receiving a certificate with ISAS as the credential, it will have SUDA. In addition, new applications will be for the SUDA rather than the ISAS starting July 1, 2020.

11. Question: Is there a limit to the number of times I can renew as a SUDA?
Answer: No.
There is no limit to number of renewals. By going to the BS degree for the CADC and transitioning from the title ISAS to SUDA, supports having a SUDA as a permanent credential.

12. Question: What about my supervision? Will I need to keep the same amount of supervision as I did under ISAS?
Answer: Yes.
To reaffirm, the only change between ISAS to SUDA is the title itself. The supervision requirements remain the same.

13. Question: Is there any change in the scope of practice?
Answer: No. The scope of practice for all certifications remains the same. The SUDA will have the same scope of practice as the ISAS.

14. Question: Will the state reimburse for services done as a SUDA?
Good question. We have notified DHW, BPA Health and Optum regarding the change. We have been informed that adding the SUDA to the Idaho code will be an easy change and occur during the time legislation meets.

15. Question: I still have some questions that weren’t covered. Where should I send those?
I’m glad you asked. If you have any other questions that may have been overlooked, please send those to our main email address ibadcc@ibadcc.org. We are also updating the FAQ section on our website to help with some of the more common questions see FAQs for CHANGES 2020





May 1, 2019

* IMPORTANT NOTICE to all Recovery Coach Supervisors*

 To All Recovery Coach Supervisors,

In supporting Idaho’s efforts regarding background check requirements, all individuals serving in the Recovery Coach Supervisory capacity will need to complete an enhanced background check.  Please have your clearance letter from your enhanced background check submitted to IBADCC within 90 days of the date of this notification.  If your clearance letter is not received within the allotted time frame, your recovery coach supervisory status will be relinquished and a new Recovery Coach Supervision application will be required for consideration.   

If you have any questions, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Jim Meldrum, President


IBADCC Expands List of CEU Approving Organizations
All CEU education must be approved by IBADCC. Courses taken from nationally accredited colleges and universities must be documented with an official transcript. IBADCC accepts workshops or seminars approved by IC&RC, NAADAC, NASW, NBCC, SAMSHA, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Licensing Board (IBOL), Idaho state agencies, Idaho county agencies, federal government agencies, and substance abuse credentialing organizations in other states. Topics must be germane to the substance abuse counseling field.


IBADCC Application for Supervisors for CPRC and CRC.
Individuals that wish to supervise CPCR and CRC candidate hours must have applied to the IBADCC and been approved to be listed on the Recovery Coach Supervisor List. Supervisor registry request forms are found under the "Certification" tab on this website.