NASAC, a structure that was formally announced at the 2010 National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), is accrediting new addiction studies programs around the country and is managing the transition for programs that formerly have been accredited by NAADAC and the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE), which united to establish the new commission.
The accreditation process under NASAC will involve "a more concentrated evaluation of courses and course content," Osborn says.
When Kennealley, whose department's master's program already has received a NASAC review and a renewal for accreditation, looks at the popularity of her school's programs now and thinks about where they were years ago, she senses, "Those other [licensed] professionals that raised the issue before probably had a point.
NASAC's creation solidifies the addiction field as a profession and begins a new era in the practice of counseling.
That collaboration legally established NASAC in 2010.
While higher education has the HLC, NASAC will be the professional accrediting body for addiction studies programs.
With the efforts of NAADAC and INCASE in the creation of NASAC, the addiction profession is assured that it will not be lost or absorbed into an allied profession.