The Pacific Substance Abuse and Mental Health Certification Board (PSAMHCB), under the auspices of the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council (PBHCC), is a nonprofit regional organization whose purpose is to set and maintain professional certification standards for those practitioners within the substance abuse and mental health field.  This serves the profession by defining the practitioner’s qualifications at the international level and it provides the individual with a credential certifying professional competence.  PBHCC has sole jurisdiction over the Certification Board for certifying addiction counselors, co-occurring disorder counselors and substance abuse prevention specialists in the Pacific Region representing six Pacific Jurisdictions: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.

 PBHCC/PSAMHCB is a member board of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium- the international body whose function is to provide reciprocity with other member boards and to set appropriate standards. PSAMHCB currently provides certification for the following reciprocal credentials:

​-  Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Prevention Specialist

-  Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Counselor

-  Co-occurring Disorder Professionals & Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate (CCDP)

-  Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSAC)

-  Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)

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​​Pacific Substance Abuse and Mental health certification board

The Pacific Substance Abuse Mental Health Certification Board believes that quality mental health care requires a competent workforce that is well-trained, educated, and skill in providing appropriate services to clients. PSAMHCB provides credentialing services to prevention, substance abuse treatment and recovery professionals in order to ensure services are provided in an appropriate and ethical manner.

the value of credentialing

  • Government agencies and community-based organizations that adopt and enforce practice standards through the requirement of credentialing assure appropriate and effective service delivery for the recipients of substance use disorder services
  • ​Credentialing establishes a strong ethical code among prevention, substance abuse treatment, and recovery professionals
  • Through the continuing education required for renewal of certification, practitioners are able to maintain their knowledge, skills and abilities while staying abreast of new and emerging trends in the field