IC&RC and Reciprocity
The Massachusetts Board is a member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Membership in the IC&RC requires a commitment to adhere to multi-faceted standards designed to ensure counselor competency.
Counselors certified in Massachusetts at the CADC level or above (CADC-II and CCS), Prevention Specialists, and Criminal Justice Professionals are eligible for Reciprocity in the states and countries
that are members of the IC&RC, provided that same type and level of credential is offered.
RECIPROCITY INTO MASSACHUSETTS:
Addiction professionals certified/licensed at the reciprocity level by an IC&RC member board who relocate to Massachusetts may transfer their credential to MBSACC using the reciprocity process. No additional requirements will have to be met by the certified/licensed professional using this process to transfer the credential to Massachusetts.
To begin the reciprocity process, certified/licensed professionals must contact their current IC&RC credentialing board and request a Reciprocity Application. The certified/licensed addiction professional should complete the application and send it to their current IC&RC credentialing board. That board will then forward the application
to IC&RC who will approve the request and forward it to the Massachusetts board. MBSACC will then issue the certified/licensed addiction professional the equivalent credential offered in Massachusetts.
RECIPROCITY OUT OF MASSACHUSETTS:
Addiction professionals certified by MBSACC who relocate to another state, country, or nation may transfer their MBSACC reciprocal credential to the new jurisdiction using the reciprocity process only if the new jurisdiction is an IC&RC member board. Additional requirements may be imposed upon the certified addiction professional depending on the
laws and regulations governing the practice of addiction-related services in the new jurisdiction. Therefore, certified addiction professionals are encouraged to contact the IC&RC member board in
the new jurisdiction to determine if any additional requirements must be met. To obtain contact information for new jurisdictions, please visit www.internationalcredentialing.org and click on Member Boards.
To begin the reciprocity process, MBSACC-certified addiction professionals must contact the MBSACC Certification Office and request a Reciprocity Application. The certified addiction professional should complete the application and send it back to MBSACC. The Certification Office will then forward
the application to IC&RC who will approve the request and forward it to the credentialing board in the new jurisdiction. That credentialing board will then issue the certified addiction professional the equivalent credential offered unless additional laws or regulations governing the practice of addiction-related services in the new jurisdiction must first be met.