IDD/MI Dual Diagnosis Clinical Certification

Developed in association with The National Association of State
Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

NADD developed the NADD Competency-Based IDD/MI Dual Diagnosis Clinical Certification Program to improve the quality and effectiveness of services provided to individuals with a dual diagnosis through the development of competency-based professional standards and through promoting ongoing professional development. 

Clinical certification through NADD validates and provides assurance to people receiving services, professional colleagues, employers, and third-party payers that a clinician has met the standards established by NADD for providing services to individuals with IDD/MI. Certification attests to the clinician’s competency in providing these services.  

Clinicians who receive NADD certification will be entitled to use “NADD-CC” as a credential.  

A Clinician in the field of dual diagnosis is defined as an individual who provides clinical supports or services for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

An overview of the Clinical Certification Program is available in the Executive Summary.  For greater detail, see the Program Manual

The Clinician seeking certification is required to demonstrate mastery of five competency areas.

NADD Membership Requirement

Organizations seeking accreditation and individuals seeking certification must have NADD membership in order to qualify.

Individuals who work for an organization that has a NADD organizational membership are considered members for this requirement. 

Be sure to have your individual or organizational NADD membership number when you are completing your application.  If you do not know your membership number, you may call the NADD office (800-331-5362) for assistance. 

Cost

The cost of Clinical Certification payable in the form of a non-refundable exam fee at the time of application, as follows:

  • $250 for employees of a NADD-Accredited Organization
  • $375 for employees of an organization that is not NADD-Accredited

Renewal cost is as follows:

  • $65 for employees of a NADD-Accredited Organization
  • $100 for employees of an organization that is not NADD-Accredited

Clinical Certification is vaild for two years

There is a continuing education requirement of 10 hours every 2 years in Mental Health & Wellness for persons with IDD