Re "Crooks found to be counselors" (Capitol & California, May 14): I highly disagree with the way California certifies substance abuse counselors. Unlike most large states, California does not require criminal or other background checks for drug and alcohol abuse counselors.
I do agree with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's support for oversight of addiction counselors.
Through background checks and interviews, individuals can be allowed the right to obtain a license as a counselor. That protects the rights of the patients and sets regulations for their well-being.
-- Geoffrey Chow, Woodland