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Our Mission

The mission of CADTP’s substance use disorder counselor certification program is to provide quality certification, at a reasonable cost, with a focus on customer service.

The CADTP Organization

The CADTP Certification program is governed by an autonomous board of the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) the CADTP Certification Board. The CADTP association is a non-profit organization formed as a partner to its Member Organizations to promote the understanding and protect the integrity of the California DUI Programs through advocacy, education, and collaboration with Legislators, State and County officials, and other community stakeholders. CADTP was formed as an association in 1986 and incorporated in 1988.

CADTP began certificating counselors, instructors, and administrators in licensed DUI programs in 1988. In April of 2005, the Department of Alcohol & Drug Programs (now the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)) amended the regulations, and a new procedure was required for certification of alcohol and other drug counselors.

CADTP is one of the organizations named in the California Administrative Code, Title 9, Section 13035, with authorization to certify individuals as alcohol or other drug counselors.

The CADTP Certification, known as the Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC) (formerly the CAODC) has been continuously nationally accredited by ICE/NCCA.  The CADTP certification is approved by DHCS for counselors to work in any state-licensed or certified alcohol and drug treatment program.

CADTP believes a significant part of its responsibility to its members and the SUD program field, in general, is to provide this service and to keep the costs of certification reasonable. CADTP views its customers as a vital aspect of quality certification and strives to provide superior service to those customers; potential counselors, registered and certified counselors, employers, DHCS, and the public.

CADTP is committed to assessing and improving our certification program to ensure the CADTP certification processes are streamlined, the certification meets the needs of the current SUD treatment field, and our technology provides tools for counselors and employers to ensure a strong workforce.

For over 30 years CADTP has held semi-annual educational forums, held each Spring in Southern California and each Fall in Northern California. Attendance at the forums is strong with Continuing Education Units for attendees, relevant topics, and exciting presenters.

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