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Opioid crisis sparks “strike and rewrite” of state’s licensing rules

In what was deemed an emergency action, Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced in October a "strike and rewrite" initiative to address the opioid crisis by slimming down licensing rules for counselors. A special task force, formed to take quick action to tackle the high level of addiction to opioids in the state, had concluded that some entry requirements for professionals to counsel substance abusers were part of the problem.

The governor's initiative targets entry regulations for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Apprentice Addiction Counselors, and Licensed . . .

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