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New Jersey, along with other states across the country, is faced with a behavioral health and addiction counselor workforce crisis. In response to this crisis, DMHAS is committed to increasing credentialed alcohol and drug counselors through its Addiction Training and Workforce Development Initiative. The primary goals of the program are to provide alcohol and drug counselor training, develop a addiction workforce career path, expand workforce disciplines, and recruit new workers into the field.  As a result, addiction treatment in New Jersey maintains a competent and culturally diverse workforce.

The employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31% from 2012-2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014), much faster than the average for all occupations.  Substance use disorder treatment agencies across New Jersey employ thousands of hard-working, dedicated individuals making a difference in the lives of those experiencing substance use disorders.

In support of these workforce development needs, DMHAS, through its contractees, provides scholarships to eligible individuals to participate in addictions training and/or university or college academic course work. For more information regarding these opportunities, please visit the New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) website at

Becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
The LCADC and the CADC are granted by the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners' Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee.  To obtain the application for the LCADC/CADC, please visit,  The site also contains important information regarding certification and licensure requirements, laws, and regulations that govern the practice of alcohol and drug counseling in New Jersey.

Click here for a list of FAQs detailing the LCADC/CADC, licensure, certification, education, training, testing, internship, and experience requirements.
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Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ)
The APCBNJ, provides a list of approved educational providers of alcohol and drug counseling course work in New Jersey.  Please note that any alcohol and drug education not approved by the APCBNJ will not count towards LCADC/CADC credentialing.

The APCBNJ also offers addiction-related certifications which include the Chemical Dependency Associate (CDA), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), and Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).  Please find more information at
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Training Opportunities

Free Online Training for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals

We encourage you to work with your child welfare and court partners to ensure these systems receive training on serving families affected by substance use disorders.  Follow the links below for information on the additional online tutorials the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) provides:

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State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners' Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee

Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey

New Jersey Prevention Network,

For more information on the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services' Addiction Training and Workforce Development Initiative, please visit
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