History

The National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), under the auspices of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, operates as an independent body for all matters involving the Association’s substance use disorders counselor certification and endorsement opportunities at the national and international level.

Established in 1990, the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) has independent autonomy in the development and promulgation of standards for testing, including who qualifies for the exams, content, administration, scoring and appeals. Specifically, the NCC AP:

  • Develops and keeps current national standards of requisite knowledge in substance use disorder counseling;
  • Provides evaluation mechanisms for measuring and monitoring the level of knowledge required for national credentialing;
  • Provides formal recognition to those individuals who meet the national standards; and
  • Establishes appropriate policies for acquiring and maintaining the national credentials.

PLEASE NOTE: NCC AP Certification and NAADAC membership are distinct.  NAADAC membership is not required to hold a NCC AP credential and NCC AP certification does not automatically include NAADAC membership.  Click here for more information about the benefits of NAADAC membership.

NCC AP Commissioners

Mita M. Johnson, EdD, LPC, MAC, SAP, CTHP II

Ex-Officio (NAADAC President)

Mita M. Johnson, EdD, LPC, MAC, SAP, CTHP-II, has been practicing in the world of mental health, marriage and family, and addictions counseling for the past 30 years. She earned her Doctorate in counselor education and supervision and is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling program at Walden University. In addition, she has a thriving private practice where she provides clinical supervision, counseling services to our military, and addiction-specific training and education. She has been providing telebehavioral health services to individuals and groups for several years and is a board certified telehealth practitioner. She is involved in regulatory and credentialing activities in Colorado and regional workforce recruitment and retention activities. Her areas of specialization include pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, ethics, culturally-responsive care, and clinical supervision. She has been an active member of NAADAC for the last 15 years, has served as the Ethics Chair, and began her term as NAADAC’s President in October 2020.

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