As the State of Ohio’s response to COVID-19/Corona Virus evolves, the Board will share information with licenses.
 
In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board has closed its offices to the general public and Board staff will be working remotely until further notice. Please be advised that it may take longer than usual to receive a response.
If you need to contact the Board for any reason, please email info@ocdp.ohio.gov. A member of our staff will reply to your email as soon as possible. Staff will continue to process applications through the elicense portal.
For more information on the Board’s response to COVID-19, click here. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this public health event. For more information on the state’s efforts to address COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
 
On behalf of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB), I wanted to take a moment to give you a couple of informational updates during this uncertain time.  Watch for continued updates on the home page of the OCDP Board website throughout this state of emergency.  We encourage all Ohioans to follow all Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidance issued during this crisis.  As always, the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH and Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov are great resources for those who have questions.
 
Contacting the Board Office:  While we work remotely we are asking that you email info@ocdp.ohio.gov with questions, and the emails will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member. Individual staff members are also picking up their voice mail messages remotely. Staff may respond via private number, or through email, so please leave your name, license/certificate and number if you know it, and your email address on any voicemail.  Currently we are having difficulty retrieving voicemails left on our main office line.  Your patience is appreciated as response times may be delayed.
 
Telehealth:  Currently, the OCDP Board does not preclude any type of its treatment licensees/certificate holders from providing telehealth services.  Be advised that license/certificate holders should follow the OCDP Board website updates.  Those providing telehealth services should be cautious of the following:
 
  1. Follow all laws, rules, regulations, and executive orders. 
  2. Stay within the bounds of your scope of practice!
  3. While the OCDP Board does not currently have a rule that addresses telehealth, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addition Services (OhioMHAS) has issued guidance that all CDCA, LCDC II and III and LICDC license/certificate holders should follow.  See links to:  Click OhioMHAS guidance (rule amendment) and telehealth resources.  Watch for updates directly through the OhioMHAS website.
  4. Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) rules must be followed for Medicaid billing.  See links to:  Ohio Administrative Code 5160-8-05, ODM’s 5160-1-21 Telehealth during a state of emergency and its appendix (new rule), and FAQ’s.  Watch for updates directly through the ODM website.
 
Telesupervision:  An emergency rule change is in process to allow the CDCA face to face supervision requirement to occur by teleconference or telephone.  It is unclear at this time if the rule would be applied retroactively to the date of Governor Dewine’s declared state of emergency, March 9, 2020.  Please follow our Board website for updates.
 
Applications:  The Board is accepting applications; however, all normal processing time frame parameters have been lifted.  Please expect a delay in processing of application but rest assured that they will process as soon as possible. 
 
CEU Requirements for Renewals and Internships/Practicums:  Additional, guidance is forthcoming.  Please follow the  Board website for updates.
 
IC & RC Testing:  Currently exams has been suspended at all national test centers. Please see the information posted on our website and kindly email internationalcredentialing@wildapricot.org with any questions.
 
Trainings for CEUS:  Sponsors and providers have been granted the option to arrange different training delivery methods to previously approved trainings/courses during the state of emergency.  However, no changes to the course curriculum/content and no changes to the course presenters shall be made.
 
Ethic Grievances:  The Board is accepting and processing grievances.  Respondents should adhere to all responsive deadlines unless otherwise notified by the OCDP Board.  To date, no hearings before the Board have been impact by the state of emergency.  However, the scheduling of hearings going forward may be delayed.
 
Special Board Meeting:  A special meeting of the board for the general purpose of addressing the state of emergency and related topics is forthcoming.  This meeting will be by teleconference and will be an open meeting of the board.  At the beginning of the meeting, there will be an opportunity for public comment.   Please check our website for notice regarding the purpose, time, date, location (call-in information) as well as instructions on how to be recognized by the board for public comment. 
 
I appreciate your patience as we work through this state of emergency together.
 
Sincerely,
Jill Smock
Executive Director
Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

Stay At Home Order

Please see Governor Dewine's Stay at Home Order 3.22.2020.  If you have any questions about operating, please contact your local county health department.

Telehealth

Telehealth:  Currently, the OCDP Board does not preclude any type of its treatment licensees/certificate holders from providing telehealth services.  Be advised that license/certificate holders should follow the OCDP Board website updates.  Those providing telehealth services should be cautious of the following:
 

  1. Follow all laws, rules, regulations, and executive orders. 
  2. Stay within the bounds of your scope of practice!
  3. While the OCDP Board does not currently have a rule that addresses telehealth, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addition Services (OhioMHAS) has issued guidance that all CDCA, LCDC II and III and LICDC license/certificate holders should follow.  See links to:  Click OhioMHAS guidance (rule amendment) and telehealth resources.  Watch for updates directly through the OhioMHAS website.
  4. Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) rules must be followed for Medicaid billing.  See links to:  Ohio Administrative Code 5160-8-05, ODM’s 5160-1-21 Telehealth during a state of emergency and its appendix (new rule), and FAQ’s.  Watch for updates directly through the ODM website.

 

Telesupervision:  An emergency rule change is in process to allow the CDCA face to face supervision requirement to occur by teleconference or telephone.  It is unclear at this time if the rule would be applied retroactively to the date of Governor Dewine’s declared state of emergency, March 9, 2020.  Please follow our Board website for updates.

Education Providers and Sponsor

NOTICE: Education Providers and Sponsors:

As we all work together to adhere to the precautionary restrictions due to the COVID-19 crisis,  the OCDP Board is granting Sponsors and Providers the option to arrange different delivery methods for the trainings previously approved by the Board.   This option is offered for the duration of the Governors state of emergency for COVID-19 with the stipulation that there be no changes to the course curriculum/content and no changes to the course Presenters. 

IC

IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: IC & RC EXAMS/TEST CENTERS

Due to COVID-19,  Effective Immediately, and for a period of 30 days from today, ALL IC & RC EXAM TESTING SERVICES ARE HALTED throughout the United States and Canada. 

IC & RC teams are actively reaching out to individuals with testing appointments today and throughout the closure period.  IC& RC will be taking measures to reschedule those impacted appointments into a new date after the planned re-opening and will be communicating that information to the impacted individuals.  IC &RC will work closely with the test takers to find new appointment dates and times that work for their schedules, and we will be waiving any rescheduling fees.

If you have any questions, kindly email internationalcredentialing@wildapricot.org and they will respond as quickly as possible.

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