New Mexico  Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc. 

​​​​​Our Mission

The New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP) primary function is the certification and testing of addiction and mental health profession in the State of New Mexico as well as internationally in partnership with the IC&RC.  NMCBBHP, Inc., is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC/AODA) for the purpose of credentialing qualified alcohol and drug counselors, criminal justice professionals, and prevention specialists.

The NMCBBHP, Inc is at 501 C 3 non profit board.  

The IC&RC standards for certification are commonly recognized by 73 agencies representing more than 40,000 certified professionals internationally, including Indian Health Services, U.S. Military, and U.S. Federal Court Administrators.

IC&RC and NMCBBHP primary mission is to insure competency in addictions and other behavioral health care professionals, using educational, experiential, testing and ethical measure.  We are committed to public protection through the establishment of quality, competency-based certification programs for professionals engaged in the prevention and treatment of addictions and related problems.

The New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP offers the IC&RC International Computer-Based Professional Examination. This Exam is required for CADC, CS, CPS and CJP Certification.  We also provide certification via testing for the CPSW, CFPSW and CWF credentials

About us

What do our board members do?​

The authority of the NMCBBHP is derived from those persons who are dedicated to service as Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Clinical Supervisors, and Prevention Specialists and who are most affected by certification and embodied in the individual providers Recognition of certification is voluntary. The credibility of this certification results from the standards which are maintained, the performance level established by the NMCBBHP and, most important the professional competence and integrity of Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Prevention Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor.


  1. Review applications and notify applicants of decisions.
  2. Administer written and oral examination; determine the ability of the applicant to satisfactorily demonstrate knowledge and skills of the certification level.
  3. Assess the applicant's competence and ethics to meet the Standards of Professional Alcoholism and/or Drug Abuse Counselors, Prevention Specialist.
  4. Issue certificates.
  5. Approve or deny re-certification applications according to requirements.
  6. Review reports and documentation of professional standards violation of unethical conduct by certified and take appropriate actions.
  7. Approve and issue certificates for reciprocity under IC&RC/AODA guidelines from member states.
  8. The process of application and the deliberation of the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP) are designed to determine whether or not the applicant meets the "Standards and domains credentials offered. That determination is the province and responsibility of the Certification Board, and in making application; the applicant agrees to submit to the Board's procedures and to accept its determination. Upon completion of the testing, a committee of Certification Board members' will consult with each other and decide to recommend approval or denial. The application will be notified of the Board's decision within approximately 30 days following completion of testing.​