The NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist Certification Program

NADD developed the NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist 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.  Dual Diagnosis Specialist certification through the NADD Competency-Based Certification Program validates and provides assurance to people receiving services, professional colleagues, employers, and third-party payers that a Specialist has met the standards established by NADD for providing services to individuals with IDD/MI.  Certification attests to the Specialist’s competency in providing these services.  Specialists who receive NADD certification will be entitled to use to use “NADD-DDS” as a credential. (The “DDS” stands for “dual diagnosis specialist.”)

A Specialist in the field of dual diagnosis is defined as an individual who delivers, manages, trains and/or supervises services for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health needs.  Staff working in units of county, state or provincial government, QIDPs, program directors, program supervisors, case/care managers, program specialists, supports coordinators, peer specialists, trainers and others are examples of roles that can apply for the DDS.

An overview of the NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist Certification Program is available in the Executive Summary.  For greater detail, see the NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist Certification Program Manual.

The Specialist seeking certification is required to demonstrate mastery of six competency areas.

Prerequisites and Application Procedure
Application Form
Work Sample Guidelines
Letter of Recommendation Directions
Testimonials

 

 

Cost

The cost of the NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist Certification is $275.00.  A non-refundable application/exam fee of $275.00 must accompany the application package.

The NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist Certification is good for two years.  The renewal cost is $75.00.

 

NADD Membership Requirement

Organizations seeking accreditation and individuals seeking Clinical, DSP, or Dual Diagnosis Specialist certification must have NADD membership before they can apply for accreditation or certification.  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.  To join NADD now, click here