Getting Certified

Are you interested in board certification through the CCB? By clicking the link below, you access more information about the Overview of the CCB Certification Process training for those professionals brand new to the CCB and Certification Coaching sessions for those with specific questions about meeting the identified competencies.

What We Do

In addition to certification, we provide a number of workforce development services for individuals and organizations. Whether it is SUD/COD specific training, QPR for suicide prevention or organizational development and effectiveness consulting, the CCB is ready, able and uniquely qualified to help. There is one main theme underlying all that we do – protection of those persons served by professionals in the field.

Who We Are

Established in 1980, the CCB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is “cultivating and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice in the recovery field.”  Our staff is experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to the responsibilities of our charge. We are led by a diverse board of leaders from the field that represent some of the foremost organizations in our state.


CCB Annual Awards Presentation

Meriden, CT – The CCB’s Annual Awards Presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2024 in the ballroom at the Michael J. Adanti Student Center on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. The program is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm with appetizers and small plates with a 6:00 p.m. keynote by award-winning behavioral health professional and nation prevention expert Jane G. Clark of Charlotte, NC. Individual ticket prices are $65, with a table of 10 listed at $600.

The awards carry the names of those who were part of the board with storied histories of being innovators and change makers:

     The David Powell Lifetime of Service Award, named in honor of the developer of clinical supervision for SUD counselors, helping our treatment industry move from a 12-step based and paraprofessional-led undertaking into a more clinical and evidence-based field. As the first award we ever offered, we are proud to have been supported by David’s family, who initially presented the award to Patricia Rehmer, who had just moved on from her role as Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. This year’s honoree is Karen Ravenelle-Bloom of the Windham PRIDE Coalition.

     We also recognize a professional who, although very early in their career, has demonstrated a commitment to those we serve and displayed leadership qualities that stand out among their peers with the Joseph Sullivan Young Professional Award. Joe was the longtime CEO and President of MCCA in Danbury and surrounding areas that brought the organization to new heights. He was very active in policy development at the statewide level and served the CCB in several capacities until his retirement. Our 2024 winner is Molly Smith of SCADD in southeastern Connecticut.

     This year we offer a new award that carries the name of former CCB president and longtime Rushford employee Kathleen Whelan-Ulm. Kathy was one of he first women in our state to hold a senior leadership position in the industry and worked without relent to improve the client experience and the care environment. She passed away in the fall of 2023, and we will annually honor another woman in a leadership role who presents with similar drive, tenacity and commitment as she did. The CCB is very proud to honor our outgoing Secretary of the Executive Committee, Jennifer Kolakowski with the initial award.

     For the second year, the outgoing President of the CCB, Amy Sedgwick, will select an individual that stands out in the field, regardless of position or role, for the aptly named President’s Award. The initial award was given to CCB Director of Operations Scott Schaefer, who tirelessly coordinates anything and everything that we do as an organization, as well as managing all of our data to keep the board members well informed on our goals and outcomes. For the 2024 award, Amy has selected Danielle Colopy of High Watch Recovery Center to be honored.

We hope you join us at the event!

The More You Know

Certification and Licensure: Clarifying the Confusion

It is not uncommon for professionals to confuse the processes of specialty board certification and state licensure when it comes to SUD professional credentialing. The reason is simple, it can be confusing. As we receive a lot of requests for information on both, it is important to clarify the differences.


In 2020, the CCB created a podcast entitled Scope of Practice to give voice to issues that are relevant to the behavioral health workforce, most notable the SUD/COD industry. Our hope is to expose professionals to different ideas and elicit conversation.

Continuing Education

Earning continuing education credits for initial certification or renewal doesn’t need to be routine or boring. The CCB offers several different options and unique subject matter for professionals, including our partnership with TPN.Health of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Exam Preparation

We recognize that all individuals have their own distinct style of learning, especially when it comes to getting ready to take a credentialing examination to advance their career. Take advantage of our available alternatives to formulate your own study plan.