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When to Refer

As with any profession, Drug and Alcohol Counselors are susceptible to addiction and mental illness.  The profession has a responsibility to protect both the safety of clients and to support rehabilitation of impaired counselors in the event addiction or mental illness are suspected.  Often changes in behavior and patterns are warning signs that a peer or employee is experiencing problems.  The following instances may be useful to employers in deciding when to refer an employee to the Texas Addiction Professionals Peer Assistance Network:

  • When you receive a positive pre-employment or random drug screen result for any illegal substance or any non-prescribed, legal substance (ask counselor to show you copies of all current prescriptions prior to screening).
  • When at least two people witness a counselor with alcohol on the breath reporting for work.
  • When a counselor is visibly/physically impaired while at work (whether or not that counselor is taking legitimate prescription medications); e.g., falling asleep, slurring speech, staggering.
  • When a counselor displays a pattern of forgetfulness, poor judgement, inability to perform , physical deterioration, isolation, moodiness and/or mood swings.

TAPNET Eligibility Requirements:

  • In order to participate in the program you must be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDC), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDC-CI), or hold a TCBAP Certification (AAC, ADC, CPS, CCJP, CCGC, CCS, CCDS).  Students working in or pursuing a career in chemical dependency counseling may also be eligible.
  •  Eligibility includes those who self-refer or are referred through other avenues and are determined to be impaired and needing assistance.  The diagnoses that will be accepted shall include DSM-IV TR mental health and substance abuse or dependence criteria.
  •  The TAPNET program maintains confidentiality consistent with state and federal laws.
  •  Participation in TAPNET is voluntary.


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