Education Required for Addiction Counselor Credentialing

Mississippi credentials five types of addiction counselors. The Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals offers the credentials of a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) at three levels (basic, I and II) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). A CADC at the basic level requires a high school diploma and three years of experience. A CADC I requires a bachelor’s degree and four years of experience. A CADC II requires a master’s degree in a relevant field and five years of experience. A CAADC requires a master’s degree in a relevant field and two years of experience. All credentials require the completion of 270 hours of relevant education courses.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health/ Division of Professional Licensure and Certification offers the credential of Certified Addictions Therapists (CATs). A CAT requires a master’s degree, the completion of relevant education courses and two years of experience. Miss. Admin. Code Title 24 Part 3, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Mississippi Department of Mental Health Division of Professional Licensure and Certification and Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals

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Licensed Professional Counselor Ability to Diagnose

A licensed professional counselor may diagnose, assess and treat patients by using counseling/psychotherapy methods and techniques. Counselors may also use group and/or placement methods and techniques which serve to further the goals of counseling. Miss. Code Ann. §73-30-3(c)

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Number of Nurse Practitioners Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 16 NPs in Mississippi 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. Miss. Nursing Practice Law §73-15-20(3) and Miss. Nursing Practice Law §73-15-20(8)

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Number of Physician Assistants Prescribing Buprenorphine

As of August 2018, 2 PAs in Mississippi have received a federal waiver to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine-containing products. A Mississippi PA may prescribe Schedules II-V controlled substances if outlined in a practice protocol and delegated by a supervising physician. Mississippi 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. Miss. Code Regs. §30-17-2615-1.5

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Peer Support Specialist Certification or Credentialing Authority

The certification requirements for peer support specialists are established by the state’s Department of Mental Health. The comprehensive certification standards include minimum qualifications, training, continuing education, and employment requirements. Miss. Code R. § 24-5:1, et seq

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Authority to Sign POLST Forms

Only physicians are authorized to sign physician orders for sustaining treatment forms. Miss. Code Ann. §41-41-302

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Practice Authority

Collaboration with a supervising physician is required and written practice guidelines must be developed between the physician and the NP. The agreement must include the availability of the collaborating physician for consultation or referral, or both, methods of management of the collaborative practice that includes clinical practice guidelines, and coverage of the health care needs of a patient during any absence of the advanced practice registered nurse or physician. The Board of Nursing must approve the protocol to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. Mississippi Nursing Practice Law §73-15-20(3)

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Prescriptive Authority

An NP may prescribe prescription drugs and Schedules II-V controlled substances after completing a Mississippi State Board of Nursing approved educational program. Mississippi Nursing Practice Law §73-15-20(8)

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Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider

NPs are recognized in state policy as primary care providers. Primary care provider means an individual or other legal entity that is licensed, registered or otherwise authorized to provide primary care services in this state under Chapter 25, Title 73, Mississippi Code of 1972, which lists NP licensure requirements. Miss. Code. Ann. §83-81-3

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Authority to perform ophthalmic procedures

Optometrists may perform all procedures included in their full scope of practice, including surgical and laser procedures. Miss. Code. Ann. §73-19-1

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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. Miss. Code. Ann. §73-19-1 and Miss. Code Ann. §73-19-165

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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. Miss. Code. Ann. §73-19-165

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Dental Hygienists with Direct Access

Mississippi 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

Mississippi does not explicitly allow for the practice of teledentistry.

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Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

Mississippi 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

Mississippi does not allow pharmacists to modify prescriptions.

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Prescription of Hormonal Contraceptives

Mississippi does not allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives.

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Prescription of Tobacco Cessation Aids

Mississippi does not allow pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation aids.

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Supervision Requirements

The supervision arrangement must be approved by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure. Supervision must be continuous but does not necessarily require the physical presence of the supervising physician. Miss. Code. Regs. §30-17-2615-1.7

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Prescriptive Authority for Physician Assistants

A PA may prescribe drugs and Schedules II-V controlled substances if outlined in the board-approved protocol and if delegated by the supervising physician. Miss. Code Regs. §30-17-2615-1.5

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Scope of Practice Determination

A PA may perform duties and responsibilities as delegated by the supervising physician and within the PA’s training and skills. However, the State Board of Medical Licensure regulates the practice of PAs. Miss. Code. Regs. §30-17-2615-1.1, Miss. Code Ann. §73-26-5

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