450:22-1-12. Assessor applicants  
(a)    An applicant for certification as an assessor shall submit proof of the following:
(1)    Possession of a bachelor's degree or above in the behavioral or health sciences. Those certified as ADSAC assessors prior to July 1, 2005 and without a break in ADSAC certification will be allowed to continue certification without a bachelor's degree. All applicants for initial certification after July 1, 2005 must possess a bachelor's degree or above in the behavioral or health sciences. This includes those attempting to renew lapsed certification; and
(2)    Having at least two (2) years documented full-time clinical experience in drug/alcohol treatment counseling; and
(3)    Current licensure as an LADC or certified as an alcohol and other drug counselor and supervised by an LADC pursuant to Oklahoma state statutes: or
(4)    Current status as an LADC candidate, under supervision of an LADC and work at a certified ADSAC assessment agency where one or more certified ADSAC assessors are employed: and
(A)    Have at least two (2) years documented full-time clinical experience in drug/alcohol treatment counseling; and
(B)    Be trained or have proven experience in the identification and management of alcohol and other drug abuse problems and clinical interviewing skills;
(5)    A recognizable, current, photographic image of the applicant no smaller than two (2) inch by two (2) inch;
(6)    Completion of the eighteen (18) hour ODMHSAS new assessor training; and
(7)    Proof of successful completion of a one (1) day ASAM training within two (2) years of the submission of the application.
(b)    Applications for certification as an assessor shall be made in writing to ODMHSAS on a form in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner or designee.
(c)    Completed applications must be received by ODMHSAS twenty (20) days prior to the training event. Before being certified, the applicant shall:
(1)    Complete and pass the ODMHSAS assessment skills competency examination. A minimum score to pass the exam shall be eighty (80) percent:
(A)    the exam shall require the applicant to correctly identify the major aspects of the Driver Risk Inventory-revised (DRI-II), the Defendant Questionnaire (DQ) and the Addiction Severity Index (ASI);
(B)    the exam shall require the applicant to correctly identify the major components of motivational interviewing; and
(C)    the exam shall require the applicant to correctly identify rules from this chapter.
(2)    Observe one (1) assessment with written permission of the participant;
(3)    Conduct two (2) assessments, after completing the new assessor training under the supervision of a certified ADSAC assessor, with written permission of the participant;
(4)    Provide ODMHSAS a copy of the applicant's resume documenting all education and employment for the previous ten (10) years to include names, addresses and phone numbers for all employers;
(5)    Remit to ODMHSAS the one hundred dollar ($100) application fee for initial certification;
(6)    Provide ODMHSAS an official transcript from an appropriately accredited college pursuant to state law;
(7)    Provide ODMHSAS a current OSBI background check or a similar background check from another state of residence for the past five (5) years: and
(8)    Prior to attending the training for new facilitators attend a two (2) day ASI training.
(d)    ODMHSAS may require explanation of negative references prior to issuance of certification.
(e)    Upon completion of the above requirements, the certified assessor providing the supervision shall submit a copy of one (1) written court report completed by the applicant and an evaluation of the applicant's skill level on a form and in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner of ODMHSAS or designee.
(f)    Faxes will not be accepted as part of a permanent record.
(g)    Applications are good for one (1) year from acceptance. All requirements must be completed within the initial twelve (12) month period or a new application must be submitted.
(h)    Any prior sanctions by ODMHSAS of an individual may be cause for denial of an assessor application.
(i)    An assessor applying for renewal shall submit the following for ODMHSAS review:
(1)    Complete ODMHSAS renewal application form;
(2)    Submit documentation of receiving ten (10) continuing education hours in each twelve (12) month period beginning with the date of original certification. Acceptable continuing education hours shall include the following subject areas with four (4) hours coming from area (A), four (4) hours coming from area (B) and two (2) hours coming from area (C):,
(A)    the application and use of approved assessment instruments,
(B)    evidence based interview techniques,
(C)    general substance abuse, and
(D)    if a mandatory training is required by ODMHSAS the hours may come from area (C) above.
(E)    training hours shall not includeADSAC course facilitation; and
(3)    A new recognizable, current, photographic image of the applicant every six years no smaller then two (2) inch by two (2) inch, with any qualifying recertifications- occurring on or after July 1, 2008;
(4)    Provide ODMHSAS a new OSBI background check for the applicant every six years, with any qualifying recertifications occurring on or after July 1, 2008; and
(5)    The fifty dollar ($50) application renewal fee for certification.
(j)    Certification shall be valid for thirty six (36) months.
(k)    Failure to timely renew the certification shall result in expiration of certification and forfeiture of the rights and privileges granted by the certification.
(1)    A person whose certification has expired for less than twelve (12) months must make application for an initial certification as set forth in 450:22-1-12 with the exception of attending the initial ADSAC assessor training or having to pass the training exam.
(2)    A person whose certification has expired for twelve (12) months or more must make application for an initial certification as set forth in 450:22-1-12.
(l)    Each assessor shall notify ODMHSAS of any change of application information related to his or her email address, phone number, work or home address at least fifteen (15) days in advance of the change. In case of an emergency, the assessor may notify ODMHSAS of any change up to thirty (30) days after a change has occurred.
(m)    All renewals of certification are due on the third anniversary of certification. After July 1, 2008, all certification renewals may come due on January 1 of the renewal year. If a universal recertification date is adopted, the requirements for certification renewals will be accepted on a prorated for the transition period.
[Source: Added at 13 Ok Reg 2799, eff 7-1-96; Amended at 15 Ok Reg 2759, eff 7-1-98; Amended at 17 Ok Reg 2156, eff 7-1-00; Amended at 18 Ok Reg 2210, eff 7-1-01; Amended at 19 Ok Reg 1439, eff 7-1-02; Amended at 20 Ok Reg 997, eff 7-1-03; Amended at 20 Ok Reg 2864, eff 8-4-03 through 7-14-04 (emergency)1; Amended at 22 Ok Reg 2159, eff 7-1-05; Amended at 23 Ok Reg 1958, eff 7-1-06; Amended at 25 Ok Reg 1390, eff 7-1-08]
EDITOR’S NOTE: 1This emergency action expired without being superseded by a permanent action. Upon expiration of an emergency amendatory action, the last prior permanent text is reinstated. Therefore, on 7-15-04 (after the 7-14-04 expiration of the emergency action), the text of 450:22-1-12 reverted back to the permanent text that became effective 7-1-03, as was last published in the 2003 OAC Supplement, and remained as such until amended again by permanent action on 7-1-05.