Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

New Jersey credentials two types of addiction counselors. A Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor requires a bachelor’s degree, 270 hours of relevant education courses and 3,000 hours of supervised experience. A Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor requires a master’s degree, 270 hours of relevant education courses and 3,000 hours of supervised experience. N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:2D and Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

A licensed professional counselor provides services to an individual or group through a counseling relationship to develop an understanding of interpersonal and intrapersonal problems and to plan and act on a course of action to restore optimal functioning to that individual or group. Diagnostic ability is not outlined in statute. N.J. Stat. Ann. §45:8B-36

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Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 135 NPs in New Jersey have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. Consistent with their prescriptive authority and with proper training or appropriate experience NPs can receive a federal waiver to dispense buprenorphine-containing products, as long as the supervising physician is certified, trained, or permitted to treat and manage patients with opioid use disorder. N.J. State Board of Medical Examiners Laws §45:11-49(c)

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Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 29 PAs in New Jersey have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. A New Jersey PA may prescribe Schedules II-V controlled substances if authorized by a supervising physician. New Jersey PAs with proper training or appropriate experience can receive a federal waiver to dispense buprenorphine-containing products, as long as the supervising physician is certified, trained, or permitted to treat and manage patients with opioid use disorder. N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:9-27.16 and N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:9-27.19

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The standards for the certification of peer recovery specialists, including experience, training, and supervision requirements, are developed and administered by a third-party, non-profit certification provider.

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Practice Authority

Collaboration and a written protocol with a physician is required when prescribing medications. The protocol must address certain items including consultation when prescribing controlled substances and availability of physician. N.J. State Board of Medical Examiners Laws §45:11-49(b)

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Prescriptive Authority

An NP must collaborate with a physician for prescriptive authority privileges. The NP must consult the supervisory physician when prescribing controlled substances and the NP must complete education in pharmacology related to controlled substances. N.J. State Board of Medical Examiners Laws §45:11-49(c)

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in state policy as a primary care provider. Primary care provider includes the following licensed individuals: physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses and nurse midwives whose professional practice involves the provision of primary care, including internal medicine, family medicine, geriatric care, pediatric care or obstetrical/gynecological care. N.J. Rev. Stat. §30:4D-8.2

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Authority to perform ophthalmic procedures

Optometrists may only perform procedures related to foreign body removal and the examination, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of the human eye. N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:12-1

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Injectable Authority

Optometrists may use injections to counter anaphylactic reactions as well as the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:12-1 and N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:12-1.1

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Prescription of controlled substances

Optometrists may prescribe Schedule III-V controlled substances and also Schedule II hydrocodone or hydrocodone combination medications. N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:12-9.11 and N.J. Admin. Code §13:38-2.4(h)

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Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

New Jersey does not allow dental hygienists to practice with direct access.

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Dental Therapists

Statute does not identify dental therapists as an oral health provider.

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Practice of Teledentistry

New Jersey does not explicitly allow for the practice of teledentistry.

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Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

New Jersey has not enacted legislation allowing pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the federal PREP Act does allow pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine through the duration of the public health emergency.

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Prescription Adaptation

New Jersey does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

New Jersey does not allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives.

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

New Jersey does not allow pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation aids.

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Supervision Requirements

Appropriate supervision is determined at the practice level between the physician and the PA. N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:9-27.18

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Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A PA may prescribe Schedules II-V controlled substances if authorized by the supervising physician. N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:9-27.16, N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:9-27.19

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Scope of Practice Determination

A PA may perform duties and responsibilities delegated by the supervising physician when the service is within the PA’s skills and under supervision. N.J. Rev. Stat. §45:9-27.16

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