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Orange County Community College is an approved training provider of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Academy. CASAC is a comprehensive training program meeting the established minimum 350 clock-hour standardized education requirement for individuals who wish to become a Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor.

Regulations specify that a minimum total of 350 education/training clock hours must be acquired in four categories of course work including:

  • Knowledge of alcoholism and substance abuse, including tobacco use & nicotine dependence (85 hours)
  • Alcoholism & substance abuse counseling, including cultural competence (150 hours)
  • Assessment, clinical evaluation, treatment planning, case management and patient/family/community education (70 hours)
  • Professional & ethical responsibilities & documentation, including ethics for addiction professionals & Child Abuse and Maltreatment Mandated Reporting (45 hours)

Upon completion of all required education hours, students may apply to OASAS to be considered for a CASAC Trainee (CASAC-T) certifcate. For more information on becoming a CASAC go to:

Our program consists of three modules/terms, each comprised of individual OASAS approved courses. Courses begin several times throughout the year allowing new students to begin the program, and complete the required classroom education, within 9 to 12 months from point of entry.

In order to receive a Continuing Education Certificate for the entire CASAC program, an English placement test is required; and students may need to take English courses based on assessment results. Proof of High School Diploma/GED is required.

Individuals with a previous history of alcohol/substance abuse problems should have at least one full year of sobriety before enrolling in the CASAC Training Program. Students attending classes under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be subject to the disciplinary measures as specified under the Orange County Community College Student Code of Conduct. Violations of the drug and alcohol policies will lead to disciplinary proceedings and possible dismissal.

Students who are not able to begin the full module when it begins may register for individual courses which begin each month. For more information call (845) 341-4993.

Module I
Overview & Diversity of Treatment Approaches
Alcoholism Primer
Addictions Professional
Psychoactive Drugs
Perspectives of Chemical/Alcohol Dependency
Experiential Workgroup

Module II
Human Growth & Development
Counseling Skills
Experiential Workgroup
Relapse Prevention
AIDS, Communicable Diseases
Vocational Education
Special Population Group Counseling

Module III
Community Ed. Programs
Counselor-Client Relationship
Ethics of Prof. Practice
Assessment & Evaluation
Tx Planning & Case Mgmt.
Written Documentation


Fast Track Day Program

Complete all required classroom hours (all 3 modules) within 9 months! Classes meet 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Classes begin in the Fall semester and end in the Spring semester.  SUNY Orange shuttle bus transportation is available between Newburgh and Middletown campuses for our day program. 


Traditional Evening Program

Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Module I begins in the Fall semester, Module II begins in the Spring semester, and Module III begins in the late Spring semester.  Modules do not need to be taken in order and it is possible to join the evening program at the start of any individual course.   

Want to attend modules or classes at a slower pace? Call us to customize a day and/or evening schedule that works for you!

Attendance and participation is required in all sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. Students who do not complete all hours within each topic due to absence(s) may make-up the absence when the topic is offered again or may elect to attend personal make-up instruction at an additional cost. Classes cancelled due to the College closing in the event of inclement weather, in most cases, will be made up on the Friday or Saturday of the following week.

For more information call 845-341-4993.

"Employment as a Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor will grow as more people become comfortable with seeking professional help for a variety of health, personal, and family problems." - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Alternative Loans for Non-Credit Students

Students who are enrolled in a non-credit certificate program are not eligible for financial aid. If a student does not have a way of paying their tuition, they may apply for an Alternative Loan through Sallie Mae. This type of loan is based on a credit check approval. To apply, go to Sallie Mae’s web site: or call toll free 877-279-7172.

Once the alternative loan is approved via Sallie Mae, the student will then need to notify the CASAC Office and the Financial Aid Office that Sallie Mae is waiting for the Financial Aid Office to certify the loan.


About Our Instructors:

Dr. Elisa Street has been teaching in the New York State Drinking Driver Program and the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Training program at Orange County Community College since 1996. Dr. Street has developed a vast following of students over the years and has been educating and assisting students with their careers in the medical and addictions counseling fields since 1981.

Andrew Matthews has been an instructor in the Department of Continuing and Professional Education at SUNY Orange since 1993. A lifetime resident of Orange County, and an alumnus of Orange County Community College, he has worked in the field of addictions since 1990 and earned his CASAC in 1991. Mr. Matthews is a program manager for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services field office in Manhattan and he enjoys acting in his spare time.

Angela Jo Henze is a proud alumnus of the CASAC Training Program at Orange County Community College! In addition to her CASAC, she holds a Master's degree in Sociology. She has been an instructor in the New York State Drinking Driver Program and the CASAC Training Program at the College since 2005. A native of Ontario, Canada, Ms. Henze relocated to Orange County in 2003 and is the Director of Quality Assurance for the Mental Health Association of Orange County and she enjoys riding motorcycles in her spare time.

Marc Giammarco has worked in the addictions and substance abuse prevention field since 1987 and has been a continuing education instructor with SUNY Orange since 1992. He has served on several NYS/DOH & NYS/OASAS state level committees and has also taught at the Rutgers Summer School of Addiction Studies. Marc holds a Master's degree in Healthcare Management and Administration and is a Certified Prevention Professional as well as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor.


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