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.


September is Recovery Month

Meriden, CT.  As we celebrate Recovery Month and hopefully partake in some of the activities around our state that are sponsored by so many different organizations, it is important to remember that recovery is for us all with no boundaries.

September is a time to remember that we celebrate all of the different definitions of, and paths to recovery, whether it is a pathway that we ourselves might have followed or one that we don’t fully understand or grasp. We often get focused on our own preferences and forget that the individuality of each person equates to the individuality of their recovery. There is a reason that September is not celebrated as “Medication Assisted Recovery Month”, “12 Step Recovery Month”, “Faith-Based Recovery Month”, etc.  September celebrates all pathways and serves as a good reminder that we must do the same.

It is also a time to show those who still struggle with substance use and mental health disorders that there is a route for them to take that fits their own needs, conditions, and circumstances. Every professional in the field is an individual, with different needs and wants, and all of those served are as well. The possibilities for recovery are endless, and as unique as each individual.

Recovery Month is also a call to action. It is a time to fight for resources for those who lack access to what is available, to fight stigma and discrimination and show how people in recovery positively impact their community. Several of our cities in Connecticut are Recovery-Friendly Communities, and if yours isn’t (yet), you can talk to your elected leaders about making that happen.

The words of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration serve as an appropriate closing: Recovery is for everyone.

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.