Certification, Training and Licensure

Professional Certification Information

The Rhode Island Certification Board (RICB) is dedicated to public protection by offering competency-based credentials to professionals. RICB establishes, administers, and monitors credentials for professionals working with addictions, behavioral health, community health, and prevention. Professionals credentialed by RICB meet rigorous standards of education, training, experience, and testing and pledge to uphold the highest standard of ethical practice. In order to be eligible to be licensed or re-licensed through the Department of Health, you must be first be certified by the RICB. For more information on the certification process, visit http://www.ricertboard.org/.

Professional Licensure

    The RI Department of Health is responsible for all professional individual licenses which include: Licensed Independent Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Professionals. For more information, call 222-5960 or visit www.health.ri.gov.


    The RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals believes that an employee who receives the necessary training is able to perform his or her responsibilities more effectively. Training builds an employee's confidence because he/she has a better understanding of the responsibilities required to work in the behavioral healthcare field. The confidence that comes from a continuous training program keeps employees on the cutting edge of industry developments and new evidence-based practices that only enhance the Rhode Island Behavioral Healthcare system.

    The Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI (The Leadership Council or SUMHLC)

    The Leadership Council, established in August, 2015, is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit association comprised of 26 not-for-profit substance use treatment and/or behavioral health organizations, prevention coalitions, and student assistance programs located throughout Rhode Island. This new entity blends two former organizations: the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of RI (DATA of RI) and the RI Council of Community Mental Health Organizations (RICCMHO). Together, these organizations bring over 30 years of experience and expertise in providing workforce training leading to State, national and international certification and/or licensing, program development, and technical assistance addressing current and emerging needs. For more information, visit www.dataofri.org.

    • Specialized Training for Case Management and Supported Employment
    • Visit the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island’s training page on their website at http://dataofri.org/?page_id=339 for information.