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Rule 4758-6-08 | Scope of practice for Ohio certified prevention specialist assistant (OCPSA).


(A) An individual holding a valid prevention specialist assistant certificate issued under Chapter 4758. of the Revised Code may engage in the following prevention activities only while under supervision of an OCPS, OCPC or other persons with credentials as listed in paragraph (B) of this rule:

(1) Perform the following strategies identified by the center for substance abuse prevention:

(a) Information dissemination,

(b) Prevention education,

(c) Alternatives,

(d) Problem identification and referral,

(e) Community based processes and

(f) Environmental strategies.

(2) Perform the following prevention activities, identified by the international certification and reciprocity consortium:

(a) Planning and evaluation,

(b) Education and service delivery,

(c) Communication,

(d) Community organization,

(e) Public policy and environmental change, and

(f) Professional growth and responsibility.

(B) An individual holding a valid prevention specialist assistant certificate may engage in the activities specified in paragraph (A) of this rule only while under the supervision of any of the following:

(1) A prevention consultant or prevention specialist certified under Chapter 4758. of the Revised Code;

(2) An individual authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery;

(3) A psychologist licensed under Chapter 4732. of the Revised Code;

(4) A registered nurse licensed under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code or an individual authorized to practice as a certified nurse practitioner or clinical nurse under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code;

(5) A professional clinical counselor, an independent social worker, a social worker, licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revised Code;

(6) A school counselor licensed by the department of education pursuant to section 3319.22 of the Revised Code;

(7) A health education specialist certified by the national commission for health education credentialing.

(C) A prevention specialist assistant may not practice as an independent practitioner.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4758.20
Amplifies: 4758.61
Five Year Review Date: 12/21/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 5/6/2013, 3/22/2015, 3/24/2017