CCAPP's Proud History

A Timeline of Credentialing for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors


Members of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professions (CCAPP) voted at their Annual Conference on Saturday, October 5 to consolidate their association with the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) on a vote of 215 for, six against, and seven abstentions, thus clearing the way for the two organizations to legally become the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). CAARR had voted unanimously to proceed with the consolidation on September 16.

The consolidation will create the largest association representing alcohol and drug counselors and programs in the state, with a combined individual membership and certification base of over 9,500 professionals and a combined agency membership base of over 500 facilities. Together these professionals and programs provide over 6,000,000 hours of service and 4,275 treatment/sober living environment beds to Californians.

Amidst concerns about how alcohol and drug abuse treatment counselors and programs will be integrated under the Affordable Care Act, and in response to the state’s inability to require a uniform career ladder and requirements for counselors in the state, CCAPP has vowed to provide the leadership necessary to unify the treatment profession and become the gateway for consumers, health exchange members (insurers), and regulators who desperately need a reliable way to distinguish qualified professionals and programs.