The NADD Accreditation and Certification Programs 

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and mental illness (MI) have complex needs and present clinical challenges to the professionals, programs, and systems that provide care to these individuals.  In an effort to raise the level of care, as well as to provide recognition to those programs and professionals offering quality care, NADD has introduced three interrelated programs:

The NADD Accreditation Program - for agencies and programs that provide services to individuals with IDD/MI
The NADD Competency-Based Clinical Certification Program - for clinicians who provide services to individuals with IDD/MI
The NADD Competency-Based Direct-Support Professional Certification Program - for Direct Support Professionals who provide crae to individuals with IDD/MI

NADD Membership Requirement:  

Organizations seeking accreditation and individuals seeking Clinical or DSP 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:

NADD Accreditation Program

The NADD Accreditation Program Executive Summary
The NADD Accreditation Program Manual

NADD Competency-Based Certificaiton Program

The NADD Competency-Based Clinical Certification Program Executive Summary
The NADD Competency-Based Clinical Certification Program Manual

NADD Competency-Bsaed Direct Support Professional Certification Program

The NADD Competency-Based Direct Support Professional Certification Program Executive Summary
The NADD Competency-Based Direct Support Professional Certification Program Manual

Brochure about these programs

The NADD Accreditation and Certification Programs Brochure

Questions and Additional Information

If you have questions or need additional information, you can contact Ed Seliger, Project Coordinator, eseliger@thenadd.org (phone: 800-331-5362 or 845-331-4336).


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