Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

Wyoming credentials three types of addiction counselors. Certified Addiction Practitioner Assistants requires, at minimum, an associate degree in a relevant field and 270 hours of relevant education courses. A Certified Addictions Practitioner requires a bachelor’s degree in a mental health field and 21 hours of relevant education courses. A Licensed Addictions Therapist requires a master’s degree in a relevant mental health field, completion of relevant education courses and 3,000 hours of supervised experience. Wyo. Stat. §33-38 and Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

Licensed professional counselors may treat, diagnose, test, assess or counsel individuals or groups to alleviate mental disorders, understand unconscious or conscious motivation, resolve emotional relationships, or attitudinal conflicts, or modify behaviors that interfere with effective emotional, social or intellectual functioning. Wyo. Stat. §33-38-102(a)(viii)

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Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 17 NPs in Wyoming have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. Consistent with their prescriptive authority and with proper training or experience an NP in Wyoming may obtain a federal waiver to dispense buprenorphine-containing products. Wyo. Stat. §33-21-120(a)(i)(A)

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Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 6 PAs in Wyoming have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. A PA in Wyoming may prescribe Schedule II-V controlled substances under the supervision of a physician. With proper training or appropriate experience a PA in Wyoming 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. Wyo. Stat. §33-26-510

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The certification standards and procedures for peer specialists are developed and administered by the Wyoming Department of Health. The standards include requirements for peer specialist qualifications, training, examination and supervision.

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Practice Authority

Full independent practice authority. The NP is recognized and licensed by the State Board of Nursing. Wyo. Board of Nursing Rules §3-2

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Prescriptive Authority

NPs are authorized to prescribe prescription drugs and Schedules II-V controlled substances. Wyo. Stat. §33-21-120(a)(i)(A)

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers. Primary care means care provided by a family practice physician, pediatrician, internist, obstetrician or an NP or PA in a similar practice. Wyo. Stat. Ann. §26-43-202

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Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

A public health dental hygienist may provide prophylaxis, fluoride varnishes, oral health education, and dental screenings in certain facilities. The dental hygienist must have a collaborative agreement with a dentist. Wyo. Rules Chapter 7, Section 5(c)

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Dental Therapists

Dental therapists are not recognized in state policy as an oral health provider.

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Practice of Teledentistry

Wyoming does not explicitly allow for the practice of teledentistry.

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Prescription Adaptation

Wyoming does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

Wyoming does not allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives.

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

Wyoming does not allow pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation aids.

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Supervision Requirements

A supervision agreement is required between a physician and a PA. Physical presence of the physician is not required if the PA and the physician can easily communicate. Wyo. Stat. §33-26-502

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Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A PA may prescribe drugs and Schedules II-V controlled substances under the supervision of a physician. Wyo. Stat. §33-26-510

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Scope of Practice Determination

A PA may perform duties and responsibilities delegated by the supervising physician and are within the scope of practice of the physician. Wyo. Stat. §33-26-502

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