Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

Kansas credentials two types of addiction counselors. A Licensed Addiction Counselor requires a bachelor’s degree, completed relevant education courses and have 400 hours of experience. A Clinical Addiction Counselor requires a master’s degree, completed relevant education courses and 3,000 hours of post-degree supervised experience. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-6610 and Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

Licensed mental health counselors assist an individual or a group through counseling, assessment, consultation and referral and includes the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders as authorized under the professional counselors licensure act. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-5802

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Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 14 NPs in Kansas 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. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-1130(d) and Kan. Admin. Regs. §60-11-104(a)

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Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 5 PAs in Kansas have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. A Kansas PA may prescribe medications as determined and outlined by a supervising physician. Kansas 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. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-28a08

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The certification for peer mentoring is administered by the Behavioral Health Services Commission with the Department for Aging and Disability Services. The standards include age, training and recovery requirements for peer mentoring qualifications.

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Authority to Sign POLST Forms

Kansas has not codified language around POLST. Only physicians may sign transportable physician orders for patient preference (TPOPP) forms. Please see the Kansas Medical Society website for more information.

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Practice Authority

Collaborative practice and written protocol for a medical plan of care are required with a responsible physician. The physician is not required to be present for care to be given. Kan. Admin. Regs. §60-11-101

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Prescriptive Authority

A written protocol must include a detailed medical plan of care for each classification of drugs the NP may prescribe. Before prescribing controlled substances, the NP must register with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and notify the State Board of Nursing of the name and address of the responsible physician. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-1130(d), Kan. Admin. Regs. §60-11-104(a)

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are not 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 are authorized by statute. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-1501

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Injectable Authority

Optometrists may not administer medication through injection. Kan. Stat. Ann §65-1501

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Prescription of controlled substances

Optometrists may prescribe, administer or dispense topical pharmaceutical drugs and oral drugs for the examination, diagnosis and treatment of ocular conditions. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-1501(3)

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Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

Under the Extended Care Permit I, II and III provisions a dental hygienist who meets certain experience requirements as outlined by statute and who enters into an agreement with a sponsoring dentist may provide services without the prior authorization of a dentist to populations with limited access to oral health care in specific settings (e.g., schools, Head Start programs, state correctional institutions, local health departments, indigent care clinics, adult care homes, etc.). Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-1456

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Dental Therapists

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

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Practice of Teledentistry

Kansas does not explicitly allow for the practice of teledentistry.

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Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

Kansas 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

Kansas does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

Kansas does not allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives.

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

Kansas does not allow pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation aids.

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Supervision Requirements

The practice of a physician assistant shall include medical services within the education, training and experience of the physician assistant that are delegated by the supervising physician. Physician assistants practice in a dependent role with a supervising physician, and may perform those duties and responsibilities through delegated authority or written agreement. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-28a08

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Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A written agreement between the physician and the PA outlining the prescriptive authority is required. Physician determines the types of medication a PA may prescribe. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-28a08

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Scope of Practice Determination

A PA may perform medical services within the education, training and experience of the supervising physician and as delegated by the physician. Authority may be given through a written agreement. Services may be performed in any setting authorized by the supervising physician. Kan. Stat. Ann. §65-28a08

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