Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

Indiana credentials two types of addiction counselors. A Licensed Addiction Counselor requires a bachelor’s degree with relevant education and two years of post-degree experience. A Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor requires a master’s or doctoral degree with relevant education and two years of post-degree experience. Ind. Code §25-23.6-10.5 and Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

Licensed mental health counselors use counseling to provide a mental health diagnosis and treat emotional and mental problems and conditions in a variety of settings, including mental and physical health facilities, child and family service agencies, or private practice, and including the use of accepted evaluation classifications. Ind. Code §25-23.6-1-7.5

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Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 136 NPs in Indiana 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 an NP 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. 848 IAC §5-1-1

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Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 15 PAs in Indiana have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. In Indiana, Schedule II-V controlled substances may be prescribed by a PA as delegated by a supervising physician. An Indiana PA 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. Ind. Code §25-27.5-5-4

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The standards and requirements for the certification of recovery specialists and peer addiction recovery coaches (I and II) are developed and administered by third-party, non-profit certification providers.

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Authority to Sign POLST Forms

In addition to physicians, NPs may sign physician order for scope of treatment forms. Ind. Code Ann. §16-36-6

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Practice Authority

A collaboration agreement is required that sets forth the manner in which the NP and the supervising physician will cooperate, coordinate and consult with each other in the provision of health care to patients. Provisions must include the type of collaboration and timely review of prescribing practices. 848 IAC §5-1-1(7)

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Prescriptive Authority

An NP may prescribe prescription drugs and Schedules II-V controlled substances if outlined in the written collaboration agreement and after certain requirements are met. 848 IAC §5-1-1

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are not explicitly recognized in state policy as primary care providers.

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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. Additional allowable procedures may be authorized by statute and/or rule. Ind. Code §25-24-1-4

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Injectable Authority

Optometrists may administer all pharmaceutical agents for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, including epinephrine auto-injections to counter anaphylaxis. Ind. Code §25-24-3-9

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Prescription of controlled substances

Optometrists may not prescribe controlled substances. Ind. Code §25-24-3-16.5

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Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

A dental hygienist may practice in any setting or facility that is documented in the dental hygienist’s access practice agreement. Ind. Code §25-13-1-10

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Dental Therapists

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

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Practice of Teledentistry

Indiana does not explicitly allow for the practice of teledentistry.

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Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

A pharmacist may administer the COVID-19 vaccine immunization under a drug order, prescription, or according to a protocol approved by a physician. Ind. Code §25-26-13-31.5

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Prescription Adaptation

Pharmacists may modify prescriptions after obtaining consent from the patient. The pharmacist may modify the quantity, dosage and complete missing information. Ind. Code §25-26-13-25

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

Indiana does not allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives.

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

Indiana allows for pharmacists to proscribe all tobacco cessation products. A written protocol for tobacco cessation drug therapy must be approved by the Board of Pharmacy. Indiana Code §25-26-13.

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Supervision Requirements

A physician assistant may perform, under a collaborative agreement, the duties and responsibilities that are delegated by the collaborating physician and that are within the collaborating physician’s scope of practice, including prescribing and dispensing drugs and medical devices. Ind. Code §25-27.5-2

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Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A PA may prescribe drugs, devices and Schedules II-V controlled substances when delegated by the supervising physician. Ind. Code §25-27.5-5-4

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Scope of Practice Determination

A collaborating physician or physician designee has the authority to delegate, as the physician determines is appropriate, those tasks or services the physician assistant typically performs and is qualified to perform. Ind. Code §25-27.5-1-2

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