The Rhode Island Board for the Certification of Chemical Dependency Professionals (RIBCCDP) certification process is designed to measure competency of addiction professionals. RIBCCDP recognizes that Chemical Dependency Counselors, Prevention Specialists, Student Assistance Counselors, Co-Occurring Disorders, Recovery Coaches and Criminal Justice Professionals are educated in a wide range of disciplines, therapeutic approaches and counseling techniques.
The RIBCCDP has been a participating member in the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) since 1988. IC&RC sets international standards for addiction professional competency and develops and maintains written examinations for each reciprocal credential offered.
LICENSED CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
RIBCCDP offers three certifications that are prerequisites for licensing. You must be currently certified by RIBCCDP in order to be eligible to be licensed/re-licensed through the Department of Health. If you let your ACDP, ACDP II, CDCS certification(s) expire your LCDP/LCDCS will be suspended by the Department of Health.
The LCDP and LCDCS are obtain through the Department of Health. Questions regarding the licenses should be directed to the Department of Health. For more information on licensing, visit the Department of Health's website and scroll to the Mental Health & Counseling table.
UPDATES & NEWS
RIBCCDP Launches Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Over the last year, the Rhode Island Board for the Certification of Chemical Dependency Professionals (RIBCCDP) has worked with various groups to continue to improve the certification process for Peers in Rhode Island. RIBCCDP is pleased to announce the availability of the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS). RIBCCDP will be grandparenting for this certification beginning September 1, 2014 and ending January 15, 2015. All current Certified Recovery Coaches will automatically be transitioned into this new credential and issued a new certificate.
RIBCCDP has adopted IC&RC’s standards to begin to offer a unique and distinct certification that will recognize the work done by peers in the community. At the conclusion of grandparenting in January 2015 all CPRS’s will be eligible to obtain an international certificate from IC&RC and benefit from reciprocity.
The CPRS credential is designed for individuals with personal, lived experience in their own recovery or experience as a family member or loved one. Peer support services are an important component in recovery oriented systems of care. By offering insight into the recovery process based on their own experience, peers are able to provide a unique perspective to those with similar life issues.
Applications for Initial Certification and Recertification
Problem Gambling Endorsement Now Available
This Certificate of Competency is available as an endorsement only to those professionals holding a current and valid reciprocal level credential and who meet the education requirement. The Certificate of Competency in Problem Gambling is not a credential but rather an endorsement indicating the completion of training requirements.