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The California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) and Addiction

Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC) has been re-accredited by the

National Commission for Certifying Agencies )/Institute for Credentialing Excellence

and effective March 11, 2019, CAADE/ACCBC is an approved Certifying Organization

(CO), fully recognized by DHCS!

Previously CAADE/ACCBC lost their accreditation on December 1, 2017, which

meant that from December 1, 2017, to March 10, 2019, DHCS only recognized two

certifying organizations, California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP)

and California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). This is

great news and means that individuals who wish to obtain certification as an

Alcohol and Other Drug counselor in the State of California, can now do so through


Prior to this, there were only two other certifying organizations recognized by

DHCS. One of those certifying organizations was for DUI programs, and the other

CO served all the rest; the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and

Professionals (CCAPP).

Many clinicians applauded the old DHCS system of having more limited certifying

organizations, saying that it provided consistency and simplification to the

certification process for AOD counselors. Others complained that CCAPP shouldn’t

have a monopoly on the certification of AOD counselors and say that the

competition is good for the CO’s, ultimately raising the quality standards for the

AOD professionals themselves. We will have to wait and see!

Please Note: No CAADE certifications issued prior to March 11, 2019 will be

recognized as valid by DHCS.

If you would like more information on CAADE, please visit the CAADE website at,

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