NADD Certifications Recognized in Pennsylvania HCBS Waiver

Three competency-based certifications offered by NADD for people providing services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities co-occurring with mental illness have been written into Pennsylvania’s Section 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services waiver program rules.  Click here for details.

Ohio NADD Conference Call for Presentations

The State of Ohio 16th Annual IDD/MI Conference will be held September 24-25, 2018.  Proposals for 90 minute and 3 hour presentations are sought.  The deadline for receipt of submission form and completed proposal is April 20, 2018.

Click here for details and to submit your proposal. 

NADD Public Policy Summit News

The NADD Public Policy Summit was held in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017.  Read the first of three articles about the outcome of this important policy summit.  Click here.

Highlights of the NADD 34th Annual Conference

Look back at the highlights of theNADD 34th Annual Conference, including picture.  Click here. 

Recorded Trainings on Certification Competencies

Recorded trainings in each of the competencies identified in the NADD Competency-Based Clinical Certification and the NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist Certification are now available.

Click here for Clinical Certification Competency trainings.

Click here for Dual Diagnosis Specialist Competency trainings.

A webinar series offering trainings in the NADD DSP Certification competencies is planned for early in 2018.


Trauma-Informed Toolkit

People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) are at significantly more risk of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other forms of abuse and neglect than is the general population. Click here to download the toolkit.

From DSM to DM-ID

The Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disability has published “From DSM to DM-ID” by Robert J. Fletcher, Jarrett Barnhill, Jane McCarthy, and Andre Strydom.  Click here to read this article.

Find Out All About the NADD Accreditation Program

Click here to view this free webinar.

To read an article published in the NADD Bulletin about the NADD Accreditation and Certification Programs, click here.

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Available Soon:  DM-ID-2 Clinical Guide

The second edition of Diagnostic Manual – Intellectual Disability: A Clinical Guide for Diagnosis of Mental Disorders in Persons with intellectual Disability (DM-ID-2 Clinical Guide) edited by Robert J. Fletcher, Jarrett Barnhill, and Sally-Ann Cooper is in the final phase of publication and will be available soon. The DM-ID-2 Clinical Guide is abridged from Diagnostic Manual – Intellectual Disability: A Textbook of Diagnosis of Mental Disorders in Persons with Intellectual Disability (DM-ID-2 Textbook) for clinical utility.  Both volumes facilitate an accurate, DSM-5 diagnosis of individuals who have an intellectual/developmental disability and a mental illness. 

  1. Emphasis on diagnosis – intended to facilitate an accurate DSM-5 diagnosis in persons with ID
  2. Ease of use – designed for clinical usefulness.
  3. Chapters correspond closely to the DSM-5 classification system
    • adaptation of diagnostic criteria to apply to persons with ID
    • diagnostic considerations and approaches to obtaining an accurate DSM-5 diagnosis in persons with ID

The DM-ID-2 Clinical Guide offers clinicians who work with individuals with ID a convenient, easy-to-use reference for applying DSM-5 diagnostic criteria to their clients.

2018 ANCOR-NADD Dual Diagnoses Webinar Series

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and NADD are hosting a multi-part webinar series on dual diagnoses.  Click here for details. 

NADD members need to use a discount code to get membership pricing.  The code is available by logging into your NADD account and clicking “Member Only Benefits.”


Now Available — DM-ID-2

The essential resource for anyone working with people who have a dual diagnosis (IDD/MI).  Click here for information about the DM-ID-2.

Seeking Articles for the NADD Bulletin

NADD seeks articles for the NADD Bulletin.  Click here.

NADD Membership Offer

NADD offers an introductory rate of $99 for new members.

NADD has reduced the new individual member fee from $135 to $99.  This is a savings of more than 25% available for new NADD members.  

Act NOW and SAVE!

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Click here to read about the benefits of NADD membership.

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Online Courses

NADD and Relias Learning offer online courses with continuing education credit.  Click here for details.

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NADD Welcomes New CEO

Dr. Robert Fletcher, the founder and CEO of NADD, announced his intention to retire in 2016. The NADD Board launched an international search for a successor CEO, and we are happy to inform you that on 1/2/2018, Ms. Jeanne Farr will start as our new CEO. Dr. Fletcher will provide mentorship during this transition process, and will remain a consultant to NADD. Ms. Farr brings over 30 years of experience in the field of disability support, previously serving at Albertina Kerr Center in Oregon, most recently as Chief Program Officer. Additionally, she brings a history of successfully growing organizations with business expertise and competent, values-driven leadership.  Her work is informed by her experiences as a family member. Ms. Farr will carry out NADD’s strategic planning efforts to further the mission of advancing mental wellness for persons with IDD. She brings to NADD an international network of disability and mental health advocates and connections in US policy and legislation.  The Board of Directors welcomes Jeanne Farr, who joined us and was introduced to the NADD community at the annual conference this year.

Fletcher to Stay on as Consultant

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert J. Fletcher has agreed to remain as a consultant to NADD.  He will continue to use his skills and knowledge to contribute to the NADD organization.  This will facilitate a smooth transition as we bring on the new CEO.  It will also enable NADD to take advantage of Dr. Fletcher’s vast expertise.


NADD has over thirty years experience of providing state-of-the-art training on many topics concerning services for individuals with a dual diagnosis.  This training can be tailored to the educational needs of the organization requesting the training.  Training is available to help agencies prepare for NADD Accreditation and to help individuals prepare for NADD certifications.

Inquiries about training can be made to:

Dr. Robert Fletcher, NADD Founder & CEO
Phone: (845) 331-4336



NADD offers three competency based certification programs for personnel. These are 1) Clinical Certification, 2) Direct Support Professional Certification and 3) Specialist Certification (this is for case managers, service coordinators, supervisors, managers, residential and vocational staff, etc.) For information about NADD Certification Programs, click here.


Programs which include services for persons with a dual diagnosis (IDD/MI) might be eligible to apply for the NADD Accreditation. NADD accredited programs have demonstrated quality services as measured by NADD accreditation standards. For information about NADD Accreditation, click here.