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148C.03 Duties of commissioner.

Subdivision 1. General. The commissioner shall, after consultation with the advisory council or a committee established by rule:

(a) adopt and enforce rules for licensure of alcohol and drug counselors, including establishing standards and methods of determining whether applicants and licensees are qualified under section 148C.04. The rules must provide for examinations and establish standards for the regulation of professional conduct. The rules must be designed to protect the public;

(b) develop and, at least twice a year, administer an examination to assess applicants' knowledge and skills. The commissioner may contract for the administration of an examination with an entity designated by the commissioner. The examinations must be psychometrically valid and reliable; must be written and oral, with the oral examination based on a written case presentation; must minimize cultural bias; and must be balanced in various theories relative to the practice of alcohol and drug counseling;

(c) issue licenses to individuals qualified under sections 148C.01 to 148C.11;

(d) issue copies of the rules for licensure to all applicants;

(e) adopt rules to establish and implement procedures, including a standard disciplinary process and rules of professional conduct;

(f) carry out disciplinary actions against licensees;

(g) establish, with the advice and recommendations of the advisory council, written internal operating procedures for receiving and investigating complaints and for taking disciplinary actions as appropriate;

(h) educate the public about the existence and content of the rules for alcohol and drug counselor licensing to enable consumers to file complaints against licensees who may have violated the rules;

(i) evaluate the rules in order to refine and improve the methods used to enforce the commissioner's standards; and

(j) collect license fees for alcohol and drug counselors.

Subd. 2. Repealed, 1995 c 164 s 35

Subd. 3. Repealed, 1995 c 164 s 35

Subd. 4. Professional accountability. The commissioner shall maintain and keep current a file containing the reports and complaints filed against alcohol and drug counselors within the commissioner's jurisdiction.

HIST: 1992 c 559 art 2 s 3; 1Sp1993 c 1 art 3 s 5-7; 1995 c 164 s 6,7; 1996 c 305 art 1 s 42; 1996 c 451 art 4 s 37; 1997 c 187 art 2 s 6; 1998 c 317 s 12; 2000 c 460 s 41; 2001 c 138 s 1; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 5 s 13

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