Kathleen Olson, Ph.D. Associate Scientist, Life Span Institute at Parsons, was recognized with an award for her contributions in developing the NADD Competency-Based Direct Support Professional Certification Program. This recognition was presented at the 28th Annual NADD Conference, Building Partnerships for Successful Service Systems, in Nashville, TN in November.
The NADD Accreditation and Certification Programs are three interrelated certification programs developed in an effort to raise the level of care, as well as to provide recognition to programs and professionals offering quality care to individuals with a dual diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disability and mental illness.
- The Accreditation Program addresses the programs providing services.
- The NADD Competency-Based Clinical Certification Program requires licensed professionals to demonstrate expertise in dual diagnosis.
- The NADD Competency–Based Direct Support Professional Certification Program is a certification to recognize quality provision of services in the frontline staff working with people who are dually diagnosed.
Dr. Olson serves as chairperson of the direct support certification committee. The NADD is an association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs. More information can be found on their website.