The uniform, credible standard in California
California alcohol and other drug (AOD) / substance use disorder (SUD) counselors providing services in State-licensed AOD/SUD programs are required by law to be registered and certified.
Breining Institute and the California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE) have joined forces to to establish a single, uniform counselor certification in California, based upon nationally-recognized standards, with the transitioning of the Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) Credential to the Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) Credentials for counselors located in California.
Many California counselors with other certifications have asked to participate in this transition to a uniform credential in California as well, and, through the Breining Reciprocity Program, an eligible counselor may be granted the RAS through reciprocity, after which they can then be transitioned to the CATC Credential.
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity as California transitions to this uniform standard over the next two years.