Substance Use Disorder Professional / Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee

Rules in Progress

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

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Current rules in progress

EHB 1311 – Apprenticeship programs for SUDP certification
The department has completed rule making to outline how individuals participating in an SUD apprenticeship can meet the certification requirements under chapter 246-811 WAC.

Department proposed rulemaking: National certification, professions eligible for the alternative path, and housekeeping.

The department is opening chapter 246-811, specifically sections 070, 076, and 300 to look at implementing changes and cleaning up the rule. The department would like to address the requirements for individuals holding a national certification coming to Washington from a different state and discuss a Substance Use Disorder Certification Advisory Committee recommendation to include pharmacists as a profession who are eligible for the SUDP alternative path to certification. The final section is for the probationary license, specifically to remove the HIV/AIDS education requirement that was removed in 2021 (ESHB 1551) for all professions but was overlooked in this section.  

Workshop documents:

Health Equity Continuing Education Workshop

DOH will host a workshop on December 20, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to noon to gather public comment regarding the implementation of ESSB 5229 (health equity continuing education).

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Join the meeting
Meeting ID: 244 674 539 206
Passcode: Purjww 
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Or call in (audio only) 
+1 564-999-2000,,864980988#   United States, Olympia 
Phone Conference ID: 864 980 988# 

Send us an email if you'd like to provide written comments or have questions about the rule-making process. If you have questions about the certified counselor and certified advisor professions, email the program manager.

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