The NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis 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.”)

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, available under “Downloads.”

Executive Summary
Competency Areas
Application Procedure
Cost
Testimonials

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

Downloads

Executive Summary
NADD Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Specialist Certification Program Manual
Application
Work Sample Guidelines
Letter of Recommendation Directions