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Counselor Certification Organizations

The Department of Health Care Services recognizes the following National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited organizations to register and certify alcohol and other drug counselors in California.  To become a certified counselor or to obtain further information regarding educational requirements for becoming an alcohol and other drug counselor in California, please contact any of the certifying organizations listed below:

California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP)
Accredited Program – Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor / expires 6/30/23
1026 W. El Norte Pkwy. PMB 143
Escondido, CA 92026
Phone: (800) 464-3597
Website
Email: info@cadtp.org
 
California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
Accredited Program - Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II / expires 4/30/22
2400 Marconi Avenue
P.O. Box 214127
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: (916) 338-9460
Website
 

To be considered for inclusion in the list of counselor certifying organizations, you must apply to and become accredited by the NCCA, at the credentialing excellence website. Once NCCA accreditation is in place, the organization must request recognition from the DHCS by submitting a written request and providing written documentation to DHCS that it complies with all of the requirements of CCR, Title 9, Section 13035(c).

Information Notices

MHSUDS Information Notice: 17-056 

MHSUDS Information Notice: 18-035

Contact Us

Certifying organizations

Please email your questions or concerns regarding certifying organizations to COCOMPLAINT@DHCS.CA.GOV

Substance Use Disorder Complaints

If you wish to file a complaint about a licensed, certified AOD drug service provider OR a certified counselor you can do so via mail, fax, or by using the online Complaint Form. You may contact the Complaints Section via email at SUDcomplaints@dhcs.ca.gov

Resources

Counselor Certification

Reciprocity for Counselors Transferring from Non-Accredited Certifying Organizations (CO's)

Revoked and/or Suspended Counselors (8/2018) 

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services - Complaints

Last modified on: 9/17/2018 10:14 AM