COVID-19 General Information 
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 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 & Telesupervision

Executive Order and Emergency Rule 4758-6-15 Clinical Supervision for CDCAs 
Click Here for PDF of Executive Order 
Click Here for PDF of the Emergency Rule for Clinical Supervision of CDCA's


 Click HERE to view the Dept. of  Medicaid(ODM)Telehealth Rules Update 4/13/2020

Click HERE to view COVID-19 Telehealth FAQs from OHMHAS ENews Publication 6/17/2020

Click HERE to view OHMHAS  Position Paper on the "Future of Behavioral Telehealth in Ohio"  7/17/2020


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.

Continuing Education Providers & 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. 

Click on the link to view a list of Providers of Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board Continuing Education who indicated in an email response they are providing computer based online learning courses or live webinars for Continuing education hours during the COVID19 State of Emergency[EDUCATION PROVIDER LIST]

IC&RC Exams

Please click the PDF link to see an Important Testing Update from IC&RC





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 and they will respond as quickly as possible.


Examination Extension
Due to the COVID-19 national emergency the OCDP Board is granting a 3 month extension (when the testing centers re-open) to those exam candidates who paid their exam fee but were unable to test within their 6 month testing window.  The 6 month testing window must fall between 3/9/2020 through the time the testing centers re-open.
Those exam candidates who have not paid the exam fee, and their one year exam window is expiring (within the COVID-19 state of emergency beginning 3/9/2020) must pay their exam fee prior to the expiration of their exam time frame to receive the 3 month extension after the state of emergency ends and the testing centers are open. 
The above extension is subject to change depending on circumstances.



All OCDP Licenses/certificates  with renewal dates March 9, 2020 through November 30, 2020 and received a renewal extension due to HB 197 will need to be renewed by 12/1/2020 to maintain an active status certificate or license with our Board. You can verify your current expiration date by logging into your e- license portal.

* Do not wait until the last minute as many boards will also be renewing in elicense at that time.*   

 You will renew and pay though your elicense portal.  Renewal instructions can be found here 

 To avoid an audit,  you will want to upload your CEU certificates into your CE Broker account.  (see how to self-report courses) 


 DO NOT SEND certificates and/or checks to our Board. 


Please click HERE for a messages that was sent out to the field on 4/13/2020 regarding HB 197 & renewals



Messages from the Board to licensees/certificate holders

Here you will be able to find messages that were sent out to the filed. If you are not getting these messages please make sure you subscribe to our mailing list which can be found under Resources/Publications 


HB 197 OCDP Renewal 

Other COVID-19 Resources

Please see the updated "Stay at Home Order" 5.1.2020 Per Governor Dewine. If you have any questions about operating, please contact your local County Health Department. 

"Stay at Home Order"

Click Here for information on Guidelines for Essential Businesses and Operations Employers.
Please click HERE to see Employee Rights for Paid sick leave and expanded Family & Medical Leave
Please click HERE for a link to OMHAS Communication Toolkit for BH Professionals Self-care
Please click HERE to View "Guidance on the Use of Asynchronous Telehealth Modalities"

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.