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ADC Temporary Permit Requirements and Application

Listed below are the temporary permit requirements. Please make sure that you have met all of the requirements before submitting it to the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Application fees are non-refundable.

Please fill the application out completely before sending it to the Board office. Incomplete applications will be returned to you to provide the missing documentation.

For copies of the Minnesota Statutes Chapter 148F and Minnesota Rules Chapter 4747, please go to

Temporary Permit Applications


Temporary Permit Requirements

  • Associate degree or the equivalent
  • 270 clock hours (18 semester credits) of specific alcohol and drug counseling course work
  • 880 hour alcohol and drug counseling practicum
All the requirements listed above must be completed through an accredited school.

Specific Course Work Requirements

(i) an overview of the transdisciplinary foundations of alcohol and drug counseling, including theories of chemical dependency, the continuum of care, and the process of change;

(ii) pharmacology of substance abuse disorders and the dynamics of addiction, including medication-assisted therapy;

(iii) professional and ethical responsibilities;

(iv) multicultural aspects of chemical dependency;

(v) co-occurring disorders; and

(vi) the core functions defined in section 148F.01, subdivision 10:

Subd. 10. Core functions. Core functions means the following services provided in alcohol and drug treatment:

(1) screening means the process by which a client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program;

(2) intake means the administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program;

(3) orientation means describing to the client the general nature and goals of the program; rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program; in a nonresidential program, the hours during which services are available; treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any; and client's rights;

(4) assessment means those procedures by which a counselor identifies and evaluates an individual's strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs to develop a treatment plan or make recommendations for level of care placement;

(5) treatment planning means the process by which the counselor and the client identify and rank problems needing resolution; establish agreed upon immediate and long-term goals; and decide on a treatment process and the sources to be utilized;

(6) counseling means the utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families, or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications; examination of attitudes and feelings; consideration of alternative solutions; and decision making;

(7) case management means activities that bring services, agencies, resources, or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals;

(8) crisis intervention means those services which respond to an alcohol or other drug user's needs during acute emotional or physical distress;

(9) client education means the provision of information to clients who are receiving or seeking counseling concerning alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources;

(10) referral means identifying the needs of the client which cannot be met by the counselor or agency and assisting the client to utilize the support systems and available community resources;

(11) reports and record keeping means charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan and writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client-related data; and

(12) consultation with other professionals regarding client treatment and services means communicating with other professionals in regard to client treatment and services to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client.

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