This classification is viewed as the title for the addiction professional primarily involved in providing direct services to individuals suffering from addiction and mental health problems. This is an international credential that is recognized throughout the world via reciprocity.

There are certain knowledge areas and skills that are required to provide effective treatment and case management services to individuals suffering from addiction and mental health problems. Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professionals must demonstrate the ability to provide effective services including screening and assessment, crisis prevention and management, treatment and recovery planning, management and coordination of care, and education of the individual, family, and the community at large. In addition, Certified CoOccurring Disorders Professionals must be knowledgeable of the integrated services provided by the addiction and mental health systems.


The Seven CCDP Performance Domains

1. Screening & Assessment
2. Crisis Prevention & Management
3. Treatment & Recovery Planning
4. Counseling
5. Management and Coordination of Care
6. Education of the Person, Their Support System & the Community
7. Professional Responsibility


4000 hours of specific paid co-occurring work experience and 2000 hours of paid counseling work experience in a clinical setting (inpatient, outpatient, residential or private practice) in the last ten years is required. 6000 hours total. 2000 hours equals one year of full-time (40 hours per week) work. Work does not have to all occur in one setting, but it must be given to clients with a co-occurring diagnosis, coincide with the performance domains, and be documented by a supervisor.

Applicant must be currently employed in an integrated services counseling position at the time the application is submitted.


Academic Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in co-occurring disorder (COD) or behavioral science with a clinical application from a college or university that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or an international equivalent if degree is from an international institution. An official transcript sent directly from the college/university is required.
  • Applicants with master’s degrees or above in related fields are not exempt from the specialized training or supervision requirements.

Specialized Training:

  • 200 total hours are required. 
  • In-service training is defined as "training provided within an agency by an agency employee, which has been approved by MABPCB." Maximum in-service hours for the CCDP application is 50 hours. 
  • College credits are measured by their hours described in official college catalogs or transcripts with a typical 3-credit course = 36 clock hours. All education must be documented.


  • 200 hours, at least 20 hours in each of the domains. 
  • A supervisor, for the purposes of this certification, cannot have less than the minimum requirements for this credential, and must meet the minimum Maryland State requirements for a clinical supervisor.

 Experience must be obtained within the last 10 years

Recertification Letter

Your recertification has been approved.