Our Mission: cultivating and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice within the recovery field
The CCB is an independent, non-governmental, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that offers certification for addiction counselors, clinical supervisors, and prevention professionals in Connecticut. The Board has established specialty certificates in substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and problem gambling for professionals licensed and credentialed in other behavioral healthcare domains. The Board is active in a number of important state-wide workforce development initiatives, provides training/continuing education and ensures that the trainings provided in Connecticut by approved vendors meet established standards.
Since 1980, the CCB was incorporated as the Connecticut Alcoholism Counselor Certification Board and began to offer voluntary certification to alcoholism counselors. At that time the CACCB was composed of counselors and representatives from alcohol treatment agencies, trainers, the counselor association, and other interest groups including two members of the public. Later, in 1983, the CACCB joined the Certification Reciprocity Consortium / Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in order to support the development of public standards of competency and to provide counselors the opportunity to have reciprocity between member boards.
In 1983, the Board began offering certification to drug abuse counselors. At the same time, alcoholism counselors certified by the Board were recognized by the Connecticut Statutes. In 1993, the CCB merged its certification functions with those of the Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals and began offering a prevention practitioner credential.
Certification is a voluntary process by which professionals with a special interest in prevention or addiction treatment may receive recognition of demonstrated competency. Its purpose is to establish professional standards, which enable behavioral health care professionals such as counselors, allied health professionals, health service providers, third party payers, employers, and the general public to recognize qualified professionals in these fields. Certification is evidence that standards of knowledge, skill competencies, and experience have been met. The CCB is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (ICRC).The ICRC is an organization created to promote uniform professional standards and quality for the prevention and substance abuse counseling professions. It works toward giving behavioral health care professional greater visibility, not only in the United States, but internationally. Because of our membership, Connecticut’s reciprocally certified counselors and prevention professionals may re-locate to any member boards including the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. Transferring certification requires a minimum of effort and expense.
The Board has partnered with agencies such as the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Connecticut Association of Non-profits (CAN), the Connecticut Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP) and the Methadone Directors of Connecticut to assure quality service for those affected by substance use and mental health disorders and the social challenges that those in recovery from these disorders face as they rebuild their lives.
The CCB is working to ensure:
Benefits of certification:
Who benefits from certification?
The employer benefits…
Licensing is simply permission to practice and is issued by the state. Certification is verification of competencies, as determined by international experts in the field, and the standards are not the same. There is no mutual agreement that holding one guarantees the other. Both have different standards.