NADD’s efforts to improve the lives of individuals with a dual diagnosis (IDD/MI) by raising the bar for the quality of services delivered can also aid those individuals or agencies that have sought and received certification or accreditation from NADD.
For example, Alyse Kerr, MS, NCC, LPC, NADD-CC found her ability to provide services to individuals with a dual diagnosis was greatly expanded when she received her clinical certification from NADD. She writes, “The NADD competency-based clinical certification has provided me with an avenue to verify a dual diagnosis specialty. My ability to provide clinical supports to individuals supported both by medical assistance and private insurances has been expanded by allowing me to gain access to closed insurance networks. These networks had been closed to me prior to receiving this certification, allowing this population to remain largely unserved outside of community mental health centers.”
States and regulatory agencies have begun to recognize the value of NADD credentials, and this can mean greater opportunities and higher financial renumeration for individuals who have received certification from NADD. States where NADD certifications are recognized or where recognition is in process include New Jersey (where the Department of Children and Families request for providers for intensive in home supports and services lists the NADD-CC on the same level as LCSW, LPC, and LMFT for a greater pay rate); Minnesota (where the Department of Human Services accepts the NADD-CC, ABPP or BCBA-D as specialty certification for the class of Behavioral Medical Practitioner, and BMP Sr.); and Pennsylvania (where the dual diagnosis initiative includes a comprehensive training curriculum. The curriculum is designed to provided the needed knowledge to complete the competency-based Direct Care Professional certification through NADD).
With your support, NADD will continue to work with regulators and managed care organizations to raise the level of care for individuals with a dual diagnosis and to boost the value of a NADD credential.