Certifications

Grandparenting Period: October 15,2018 – March 15, 2019 — PDF Overview

Fee: $100 for 2 years of certification

QMHA Certification: Grandparenting with a Bachelor’s Degree

Previously qualified QMHAs with a baccalaureate degree and 1,000 clinical experience hours (6 months of full-time work in a state approved program) can grandparent into QMHA Basic Certification (QMHA-C).

QMHA Certification: Grandparenting without a Bachelor’s Degree

Previously qualified QMHAs without a baccalaureate degree in behavioral health sciences, and 4,000 clinical experience hours (2 full time years of work in a state approved program) can grandparent into QMHA Basic Certification.

  • Letter from OHA, County Authority, or designee agency verifying prior QMHA qualification
  • Copy of State ID
  • Transcripts directly from institution(s) to MHACBO (primary source verification)
  • Copies of educational certificates (trainings, workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.)
  • Affirmation of Oregon Behavioral Health Code of Conduct

QMHA-C Recertification

Recertification occurs every two years.  Certified QMHAs must submit 40 hours of continuing education every two years, which must include 6 hours of Ethics Training and update their certification file with any changes (address, phone, email, etc.).

New QMHA certification applicants may apply after December 15th, 2018 — PDF Overview
Grandparenting Period: October 15,2018 – March 15, 2019 — PDF Overview

Fee: $100 for 2 years of certification

QMHP Certification (for professionals who are not registered or licensed through a licensing board)

Previously qualified QMHPs (who are not licensed or registered with a licensing board, such as individuals with an M.Ed., Masters in Criminal Justice, etc.) with 4,000 clinical experience hours (2 years of full-time work) can grandparent into QMHP Certification.  If you are planning to register with a licensing board you do not need to apply for QMHP certification through MHACBO.

  • Letter from OHA, County Authority, or designee agency verifying prior QMHP Qualification (not awarded through a variance)
  • Copy of State ID.
  • Transcript directly from institution to MHACBO (primary source verifcation)
  • Copies of educational certifcates (trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.)
  • Afirmation of Oregon Behavioral Health Code of Conduct

*Individuals who have received QMHP status through a "variance" and have practice limitations must register as a QMHA.  Their variance for QMHP duties is issued to the specific agency and must be issued and renewed by the Oregon Health Authority.

QMHP-C Recertification

Recertification occurs every two years.  Certified QMHPs must submit 40 hours of continuing education every two years, which must include 6 hours of Ethics Training and update their certification file with any changes (address, phone, email, etc.).

New QMHP certification applicants may apply after December 15th, 2018 — PDF Overview

CADC I - Associate Proficiency Level

The CADC I requires education, supervised experience hours and successful completion of a written examination. The CADC I does not require an Associates Degree. The combination of education, supervised experience hours and examination approximate the Associate Proficiency Level as outlined in the Academic Proficiency Levels (CSAT, NFATTC, 1999). 150 Alcohol & Drug Education Hours are required.

  • All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • Basic Counseling Skills (distance learning not accepted - See page 12 of the CADC application)
    • Group Counseling Skills (distance learning not accepted - See page 12 of the CADC application)
    • Alcohol & Drugs of Abuse Pharmacology
    • HIV/AIDS Risk Assessment & Risk Reduction
    • Counseling Ethics
    • Clinical Evaluation ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria 2 and DSM Substance Abuse Disorders)
    • All CADCI applications must now include: Clinical Evaluation ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria 2 and DSM Substance Abuse Disorders)
  • 1,000 Supervised Experience Hours in the Addiction Counselor Competencies
    • Must meet OAR 415/ISSR standards for Clinical Supervisor Qualifications in Addiction Treatment and must possess advanced addiction counselor certification. Accepted credentials include CADC II, CADC III, MAC, NCAC II, CDS II, CDS III, C-CATODSW, CDP or other state’s advanced addiction counselor addiction counseling certifications utilizing professional psychometric examinations.
  • Letter of Verification
    • Verifying a minimum of 2 years of sobriety time for those who are recovering from chemical dependence.
  • Code of Conduct (signed and dated)
  • NCAC I National Certification Exam
    • Passing score on the NCAC I professional psychometric national certification examination from the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

Graduate degreed licensed mental health professionals can also access certification directly through NAADAC or its sister organization NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors).

CADC I - Renewal Information

The CADC I requires 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

  • The 40 hours of continuing education must include the following.  All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • 6 Hours of Ethics
    • Category I: Alcohol & Drug Counseling Education - Minimum 20 hours
      • Alcohol and Drug Treatment Education
      • Treatment Planning
      • Dual Diagnosis
      • Special Populations in A&D Treatment
      • Counseling Methodologies focusing on Substance Abuse
      • Relapse Prevention
      • ASAM
      • Methadone
      • ATOD Prevention
      • Addiction Specific Ethics (Mandatory Reporting, CFR 42
      • Motivational Interviewing
      • Etc...
    • Optional - Category II: Counseling Education - Maximum 20 hours
      • Managed Care
      • Counseling Survivors of Trauma
      • Psychiatric Disorders
      • General College Psychology Coursework
      • Social Work Coursework
      • General Behavioral Health Software Training
      • Ethics
      • Etc...
  • A renewal fee of $175 is required
  • All 40 hours can be alcohol and drug specific training.  
  • ACCBO will accept virtually all counseling related Ethics Courses

CADC Registration - CADC Candidacy

Registration with MHACBO will place a CADC Candidate on the MHACBO Registry and bind them to the MHACBO Code of Ethics

CADC Candidate Status is valid for 2 years and cannot be extended, unless the following conditions apply.  MHACBO requires a letter from the Candidates current supervisor when a CADC Candidate requests an extension

  • Extenuating Cirumstances
  • Candidate registered but never performed billable addiction treatment services
  • Candidate left the field before 2 years were up, and is now returning to the field
  • Candidate is in substantial compliance but is awaiting testing date or MHACBO receipt of testing scores

MHACBO Registration is required within 6 months of beginning employment performing addiction treatment services, and full certification is required within 2 years of registration, unless the individual holds a health or allied provider license or registration issued by one of the following state bodies, and the individual possess documentation of a least 60 contact hours of academic or continuing professional education in substance use disorders treatment:

  • Oregon Medical Board
  • Board of Psychologsist Examiners
  • Board of Licensed Social Workers
  • Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
  • Oregon State Board of Nursing

For more information on the 2 year requirement, please see OAR 309-019-0125

CADC II - Baccalaureate Proficiency Level

A Minimum of a B.A./B.S. Degree (or equivalency - a minimum of an AA degree, and a combination of academic courses with specialized training in the Addiction Counseling Competencies commensurate wih baccalaureate degree credit/hour requriements) with a minimum of 300 Alcohol & Drug Education Hours.

  • All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • Basic Counseling Skills (distance learning not accepted - See page 12 of the CADC application)
    • Group Counseling Skills (distance learning not accepted - See page 12 of the CADC application)
    • Alcohol & Drugs of Abuse Pharmacology
    • HIV/AIDS Risk Assessment & Risk Reduction
    • Counseling Ethics
    • Counseling Diverse Populations
    • Clinical Evaluation ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria 2 and DSM Substance Abuse Disorders)
    • Coexisting Disorders, or Multiple Diagnosis, or Dual Diagnosis, etc.
  • 4,000 Supervised Experience Hours in the Addiction Counselor Competencies
    • Must meet OAR 415/ISSR standards for Clinical Supervisor Qualifications in Addiction Treatment and must possess advanced addiction counselor certification. Accepted credentials include CADC II, CADC III, MAC, NCAC II, CDS II, CDS III, C-CATODSW, CDP or other state’s advanced addiction counselor addiction counseling certifications utilizing professional psychometric examinations.
  • Letter of Verification
    • Verifying a minimum of 3 years of sobriety time for those who are recovering from chemical dependence.
  • Code of Conduct (signed and dated)
  • NCAC II National Certification Exam
    • Passing score on the NCAC II professional psychometric national certification examination from the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Written Jurisprudence Ethics Exam
    • Once candidates have passed the NCAC II Written Examination, the counselor will be granted CADC I certification along with instruction on how to sign up for the written Jurisprudence Ethics Exam. Upon successfully the Exam, the counselor will be granted full CADC II certification.

Graduate degreed licensed mental health professionals can also access certification directly through NAADAC or its sister organization NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors).

CADC II - Renewal Information

The CADC II requires 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

  • The 40 hours of continuing education must include the following.  All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • 6 Hours of Ethics
    • Category I: Alcohol & Drug Counseling Education - Minimum 20 hours
      • Alcohol and Drug Treatment Education
      • Treatment Planning
      • Dual Diagnosis
      • Special Populations in A&D Treatment
      • Counseling Methodologies focusing on Substance Abuse
      • Relapse Prevention
      • ASAM
      • Methadone
      • ATOD Prevention
      • Addiction Specific Ethics (Mandatory Reporting, CFR 42
      • Motivational Interviewing
      • Etc...
    • Optional - Category II: Counseling Education - Maximum 20 hours
      • Managed Care
      • Counseling Survivors of Trauma
      • Psychiatric Disorders
      • General College Psychology Coursework
      • Social Work Coursework
      • General Behavioral Health Software Training
      • Ethics
      • Etc...
  • A renewal fee of $175 is required
  • All 40 hours can be alcohol and drug specific training.  
  • ACCBO will accept virtually all counseling related Ethics Courses

CADC III - Graduate Proficiency Level

A Minimum of a Masters Degree with a minimum of 300 Alcohol & Drug Education Hours.

  • All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body/state licensure. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • Basic Counseling Skills (distance learning not accepted - See page 12 of the CADC application)
    • Group Counseling Skills (distance learning not accepted - See page 12 of the CADC application)
    • Alcohol & Drugs of Abuse Pharmacology
    • HIV/AIDS Risk Assessment & Risk Reduction
    • Counseling Ethics
    • Counseling Diverse Populations
    • Clinical Evaluation ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria 2 and DSM Substance Abuse Disorders)
    • Coexisting Disorders, Multiple Diagnosis, or Dual Diagnosis, etc.
    • Theories of Addiction Tx, or Addiction Tx Best Practices, or Science-based Addiction Tx Approaches, etc.
  • 6,000 Supervised Experience Hours in the Addiction Counselor Competencies
    • Must meet OAR 415/ISSR standards for Clinical Supervisor Qualifications in Addiction Treatment and must possess advanced addiction counselor certification. Accepted credentials include CADC II, CADC III, MAC, NCAC II, CDS II, CDS III, C-CATODSW, CDP or other state’s advanced addiction counselor addiction counseling certifications utilizing professional psychometric examinations.
  • Letter of Alcohol & Drug Free Verification
    • Verifying a minimum of 3 years of sobriety time for those who are recovering from chemical dependence.
  • Code of Conduct (signed and dated)
  • MAC National Certification Exam
    • Passing score on the MAC professional psychometric national certification examination from the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Written Jurisprudence Ethics Exam
    • Once candidates have passed the MAC written Examination, the counselor will be granted CADC I certification along with instruction on how to sign up for the written Jurisprudence Ethics Exam. Upon successfully completeing the Exam, the counselor will be granted full CADC III certification.

Graduate degreed licensed mental health professionals can also access certification directly through NAADAC or its sister organization NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors).

CADC III - Renewal Information

The CADC II requires 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

  • The 40 hours of continuing education must include the following.  All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • 6 Hours of Ethics
    • Category I: Alcohol & Drug Counseling Education - Minimum 20 hours
      • Alcohol and Drug Treatment Education
      • Treatment Planning
      • Dual Diagnosis
      • Special Populations in A&D Treatment
      • Counseling Methodologies focusing on Substance Abuse
      • Relapse Prevention
      • ASAM
      • Methadone
      • ATOD Prevention
      • Addiction Specific Ethics (Mandatory Reporting, CFR 42
      • Motivational Interviewing
      • Etc...
    • Optional - Category II: Counseling Education - Maximum 20 hours
      • Managed Care
      • Counseling Survivors of Trauma
      • Psychiatric Disorders
      • General College Psychology Coursework
      • Social Work Coursework
      • General Behavioral Health Software Training
      • Ethics
      • Etc...
  • A renewal fee of $175 is required
  • All 40 hours can be alcohol and drug specific training.  
  • ACCBO will accept virtually all counseling related Ethics Courses

CGAC I

The CGAC requires credentialing, education, supervised experience hours and successful completion of a written examination. Education and/or Credentialing Requirements:

  • You must submit proof of credentialing in a mental health or addictions discipline demonstrating basic human service competencies (a minimum of CADC I or greater, QMHA/QMHP, etc.)
  • 60 Hours Problem/Compulsive Gambling Education. All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. A minimum of 2 hours is required in following categories:
    • Gambling Client Assessment/Intake
    • Gambling Financial Planning & Budgeting
    • Gambling Counseling (Individual, Group, Family)
    • Gambling Case Management
    • Professional Responsibility and Ethics
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Co-occurring Disorders
  • 500 Hours of Supervised Experience in the Gambling Addiction Counselor Domains Experience
    • Experience may include any gambling specific counseling services rendered in the Four Domains; Clinical, Documentation, Administrative and Client Advocacy. (1 Full Time Month = 160 experience hours).
  • 24 hours of face-to-face, telephone, email, or other electronic communication clinical supervision from a qualified problem gambling treatment certification clinical supervisor.
  • Code of Conduct (signed and dated)
  • International Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors
    • Passing score on the International Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors professional psychometric national certification examination from the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board

CGAC Recertification

Recertification occurs every two years.  Certified CGACs must submit 40 hours of continuing education every two years, which must include 6 hours of Ethics Training and update their certification file with any changes (address, phone, email, etc.).

CGAC - Renewal Information

The CGAC requires 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

  • The 40 hours of continuing education must include the following.  All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • 6 Hours of Ethics
    • Category I: Gambling Counselor Education - Minimum 20 hours
      • Gambling Conferences
      • Gambling Trainings
      • Gambling Epidemiology
      • Gambling Counseling Science-based Best Practices
      • Gambling Pathology
      • etc...
    • Optional - Category II: Counseling Education - Maximum 20 hours
      • Managed Care
      • Counseling Survivors of Trauma
      • Psychiatric Disorders
      • General College Psychology Coursework
      • Social Work Coursework
      • General Behavioral Health Software Training
      • Ethics
      • Etc...
  • A renewal fee of $175 is required
  • All 40 hours can be alcohol and drug specific training.  
  • ACCBO will accept virtually all counseling related Ethics Courses

CGAC II

The CGAC requires credentialing, education, supervised experience hours and successful completion of a written examination. You must submit proof of credentialing in a mental health or addictions discipline demonstrating basic human service competencies (a minimum of CADC I or greater, QMHA/QMHP, etc.) 60 Hours Problem/Compulsive Gambling Education is required.

  • All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. A minimum of 2 hours is required in following categories:
    • Gambling Client Assessment/Intake
    • Gambling Financial Planning & Budgeting
    • Gambling Counseling (Individual, Group, Family)
    • Gambling Casemanagement
    • Professional Responsibility and Ethics
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Co-occurring Disorders
  • 2000 Hours of Supervised Experience in the Gambling Addiction Counselor Domains Experience
    • Experience may include any gambling specific counseling services rendered in the Four Domains; Clinical, Documentation, Administrative and Client Advocacy. (1 Full Time Month = 160 experience hours).
  • 24 hours of face-to-face, telephone, email, or other electronic communication clinical supervision from a qualified problem gambling treatment certification clinical supervisor.
  • Code of Conduct (signed and dated)
  • International Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors
    • Passing score on the International Certification Examination for Gambling Counselors professional psychometric national certification examination from the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board

CGAC Recertification

Recertification occurs every two years.  Certified CGACs must submit 40 hours of continuing education every two years, which must include 6 hours of Ethics Training and update their certification file with any changes (address, phone, email, etc.).

CGAC - Renewal Information

The CGAC requires 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

  • The 40 hours of continuing education must include the following.  All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • 6 Hours of Ethics
    • Category I: Gambling Counselor Education - Minimum 20 hours
      • Gambling Conferences
      • Gambling Trainings
      • Gambling Epidemiology
      • Gambling Counseling Science-based Best Practices
      • Gambling Pathology
      • etc...
    • Optional - Category II: Counseling Education - Maximum 20 hours
      • Managed Care
      • Counseling Survivors of Trauma
      • Psychiatric Disorders
      • General College Psychology Coursework
      • Social Work Coursework
      • General Behavioral Health Software Training
      • Ethics
      • Etc...
  • A renewal fee of $175 is required
  • All 40 hours can be alcohol and drug specific training.  
  • ACCBO will accept virtually all counseling related Ethics Courses

CPS

150 Prevention Education Hours are required.

  • All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • ATOD Pharmacology
    • ATOD Prevention Education Curriculum trainings or Training of Trainers (TOT)
    • Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST)
    • Community Mobilization / Coalition Building / Systems Thinking/Planning
    • General prevention topics
    • Cultural Competence/ Humility
    • Facilitation/presentation skills training
    • Prevention ethics including confidentiality
  • 2,000 Supervised Experience Hours in the Prevention Domains TM (c. ICRC/AODA)
  • 120 Hours of Experiential Learning and Evaluation by a Qualified Prevention Supervisor
  • Letter of Verification
    • Verifying a minimum of 2 years of sobriety time for those who are recovering from chemical dependence.
  • Ethics Agreement (signed and dated)
  • National Criminal History Check
  • ICRC Prevention Specialist Certification Exam
    • Passing score on the CPS professional psychometric national certification examination from the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium

CPS Recertification

Recertification occurs every two years.  Certified CPSs must submit 40 hours of continuing education every two years, which must include 6 hours of Ethics Training and update their certification file with any changes (address, phone, email, etc.).

CPS - Renewal Information

The CPS requires 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

  • The 40 hours of continuing education must include the following.  All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • 6 Hours of Ethics
    • 40 Hours of Prevention Continuing Education
      • General Substance Abuse Prevention Education
      • Prevention Conferences
      • Prevention Evidence Based Practices
      • Etc...
  • A renewal fee of $150 is required
  • If you are dual certified as a CADC, the renewal fee for CPS is reducded to $100
  • ACCBO will accept virtually all counseling related Ethics Courses

CRM

The Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM) requires an AMH approved addiction training program (peer delivered services) and meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs (2 years of abstinence). Education and/or Credentialing Requirements:

  • You must submit proof of an AMH approved addiction training program
  • Approved Oral Health TrainingFree Course Available Here
  • Must be in recovery from sustance abuse dependence and have 2 years abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
  • Code of Conduct (signed and dated)
  • Background check with exclusionary criteria of ORS 443.004/0AR 407-007-0277 Crimes

CRM Recertification

Recertification occurs every two years.  Certified CRMs must submit 20 hours of continuing education every two years, which must include 6 hours of Ethics Training and update their certification file with any changes (address, phone, email, etc.).

CRM - Renewal Information

The CRM requires 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

  • The 20 hours of continuing education must include the following.  All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • 6 Hours of Ethics
    • Approved Oral Health Training - Free Course Available Here
    • Category I: Alcohol & Drug Counseling Education -  20 hours
      • Alcohol and Drug Treatment Education
      • Treatment Planning
      • Dual Diagnosis
      • Special Populations in A&D Treatment
      • Counseling Methodologies focusing on Substance Abuse
      • Relapse Prevention
      • ASAM
      • Methadone
      • ATOD Prevention
      • Addiction Specific Ethics (Mandatory Reporting, CFR 42
      • Motivational Interviewing
      • Etc...
  • A renewal fee of $100 is required
  • ACCBO will accept virtually all counseling related Ethics Courses

PRC - Peer Recovery Counselor

National Educational Standards

  • H.S. Diploma/GED
  • 80 Hours of Peer Support Training
    • 40 Hour Oregon Health Authority Accredited A&D Peer Specialist Training
    • 40 Hours of advanced training in: Motivational Enhancement, Assertive Outreach and Jurisprudence Ethics

National Examination

  • Professionally, legally, scientifically defensible psychometric national examination based on IC&RC Role Delineation standards for Peer Recovery Counselors©. Professional proctoring and exam security through ISO-Quality Testing ensures identity of examination candidates and integrity of exam procedures. 

National Internship Standards

  • A prerequisite of 500 Supervised Internship Hours in the IC&RC Peer Domains© including 25 Hours of direct supervision under a qualified supervisor under OAR309 standards for state approved addiction/co-occurring programs
    • Advocacy
    • Mentoring & Education
    • Recovery & Wellness Support
    • Ethical Responsibility

Oregon Background Check, Lived-experience & Code of Conduct

  • Background check with exclusionary criteria of ORS 443.004/0AR 407-007-0277 Crimes
  • Must be in recovery from sustance abuse dependence and have 2 years abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
  • Code of Conduct (signed and dated)

PRC - Renewal Information

The PRC requires 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years. 

  • The 20 hours of continuing education must include the following.  All education hours must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Education hours must include the topical areas of:
    • 6 Hours of Ethics
    • Approved Oral Health Training - Free Course Available Here
    • Category I: Alcohol & Drug Counseling Education -  20 hours
      • Alcohol and Drug Treatment Education
      • Treatment Planning
      • Dual Diagnosis
      • Special Populations in A&D Treatment
      • Counseling Methodologies focusing on Substance Abuse
      • Relapse Prevention
      • ASAM
      • Methadone
      • ATOD Prevention
      • Addiction Specific Ethics (Mandatory Reporting, CFR 42
      • Motivational Interviewing
      • Etc...
  • A renewal fee of $100 is required
  • ACCBO will accept virtually all counseling related Ethics Courses