Become a Substance Use Counselor

Tuition Incentive Program

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (DPH-SAPC) is partnering with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) to enhance the substance use disorder (SUD) workforce.

DPH-SAPC and CCAPP are recruiting highly motivated individuals to enroll in the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) and become Certified Substance Use Counselors. This program is aimed at addressing issues of low economic opportunity and employment barriers in communities of color and others impacted by the War on Drugs (WoD), including: South Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and Downtown Los Angeles. If accepted into the TIP, DPH-SAPC will cover the cost of tuition and book fees for the 56-week program. After successful completion of the required coursework, candidates will have the opportunity to connect with employment opportunities in the Los Angeles County treatment provider network.

For more information on the program and the application process, please download the factsheet and application below.

CCAPP Academy Locations:

  • Downtown
  • South LA
  • Long Beach
  • San Fernando Valley
  • Pasadena

Start Date

  • TBD
The following update is for prospective substance use counselors who have either submitted an application for the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), or plan to submit one.

Due to federal, state and local precautions being implemented in response to COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, we are working with our program partners to discuss what impact they will have on the TIP program. It could take us longer to respond to those who have submitted TIP applications. In addition, the planned start date for the program has been delayed. We will provide updated start dates as we receive them.

In light of all that is happening, we still encourage anyone who is interested to apply. And we thank those who have already submitted applications. Being able to recruit motivated individuals and train them to become certified substance use counselors remains a top priority for DPH-SAPC.

At this time, we ask for your patience and understanding as we finalize our next steps. Rest assured that we are working to provide updated information as soon as we receive it.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

In 2017, an estimated 14.5 million people aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse Counselors rank #4 in Best Social Services Jobs and #50 in 100 Best Jobs. - U.S. News & World Report

In 2017, an estimated 1.7 million people aged 12 or older had a pain reliever use disorder. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Affiliated Associations

Find out more about how you can become a certified SUD Counselor by clicking on the associations below.

California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators

California Association for
Drug/Alcohol Educators


California Association of DUI Treatment Programs

California Association of
DUI Treatment Programs

1026 W. El Norte Pkwy. PMB 143
Escondido CA 92026
Phone: (800) 464-3597

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

PO Box 214127,
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: (800) 564-5927

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