Certified Case Manager Interventionist (CCMI)

Intervention is a first step toward recovery.

Continuing case management increases chance of long-term recovery.

The Certified Case Manager Interventionist (CCMI) Credential demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills necessary to initiate and support the recovery process from the very beginning of recovery through long-term wellness.

Levels of Credentialing

  • Certified Case Manager Interventionist – Intern (CCMI-i):
    • Must be enrolled in and have completed at least Module 1 (at least 25 hours) specified education in case management and intervention training coursework from a Breining Institute Accredited (BIA) Program.
  • Certified Case Manager Interventionist – Associate (CCMI-A):
    • CCMI-i status, plus
    • Complete specified 5 Modules (at least 125 hours) education in case management and intervention training coursework from a Breining Institute Accredited (BIA) Program.
    • Must pass the Certified Case Manager Interventionist Examination (CCMIE), administered and available online through Breining Institute.
    • CCMI-Associate may apply for the full CCMI Credential after completing 3,000 hours of supervised experience (over a minimum of 2 years). Supervised hours will start counting after registering as a CCMI-Intern.
  • Certified Case Manager Interventionist (CCMI):
      • CCMI-i status, plus
      • Must have experience as a health care professional with a certification, license or degree, using either one of the following two options:
        • 1) Qualifying underlying credential or license as a health care professional, and at least 2,080 hours (approximately one year full time work) as a credentialed or licensed health care professional; or
        • 2) A minimum of a 2-year degree (i.e., Associates Degree) in any major, and at least 4,160 hours (approximately two years full time work) as a health care professional;
      • Complete specified 5 Modules (at least 125 hours) education in case management and intervention training coursework from a Breining Institute Accredited (BIA) Program.
      • Must pass the Certified Case Manager Interventionist Examination (CCMIE), administered and available online through Breining Institute.
  • Certified Case Manager Interventionist – Masters Level (CCMI-M):
    • CCMI Credential, plus any one of the following:
      • At least five (5) years health care professional clinical experience;
      • At least two (2) years health care professional clinical experience after having been awarded the CCMI Credential; or
      • A Masters or Doctorate Degree in the healing arts.


Qualifying Health Care Professional Credential or License:

Qualifying credentials and licenses include those held by substance use disorders counselors, registered nurses, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, etc.

The contemplated qualifying licenses or certifications typically require formal education programs of at least one or two years, and at least one or two years (2,000 to 4,000 hours) of clinical experience.

Qualifying Degree:

Qualifying degrees, which must be at least a two-year degree such as an Associates degree (or equivalent), may be obtained from any legitimate, recognized higher education institution, but must not be based solely or primarily upon academic credits awarded for “life experiences” or “experiential learning” or similar non-coursework credit.

Qualifying Health Care Professional Experience:

Qualifying health care professional experience includes clinical work as substance use disorders counselors, registered nurses, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, etc.

Specified Training Course:

The specified training course must be provided by a Breining Institute Accredited (BIA) Program provider. The course must include at least 125 hours in five specific Modules of training.

The training must build upon the applicant’s previous knowledge and skills developed to be awarded the underlying credential and/or license, in order to provide advanced education and training to comprehensively support individuals struggling with addiction, mental health and/or behavioral issues:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Intervention and Case Management
    An overview of the principles and strategies on which to develop skills to successfully conduct interventions and provide the appropriate support post intervention.
  • Module 2 – Family Systems
    Families struggle to know what to do when faced with these issues. The coursework must explore family dynamics, make certain the student understands family systems and learn how to create a recovery plan for the entire family, as well as explore how to intervene when codependency is a component of family dynamics, including relapse risk.
  • Module 3 – Business Ethics / Professionalism / Self Care
    Understanding best practices that are guided by a code of ethics is important to providing top-level client care. As a provider, maintaining professionalism is critical. Training must ensure the student understands ethical considerations as an interventionist, case manager and within the treatment industry. The training must also highlight the importance of self-care and how a well-maintained provider will be able to provide the highest level of care for clients.
  • Module 4 – Cultural Sensitivity
    Being culturally sensitive can be the difference between engaging a family and preventing the process of change. Understanding and awareness is the first step to meeting the needs of clients. Included in the training must be specific information related to issues that may be present within specialty populations such as older adults, adolescents, LGBTQ, First Responders, and Veterans.
  • Module 5 – Addictions and Co-occurring Disorders
    Drug and/or alcohol addictions are not the only issues facing the families with whom we work. Many have co-occurring mental health issues or process addictions that can make intervention and case management more complex and challenging. The coursework must make certain that students are able to identify, work with and support clients who have complex presentations.

Breining Institute does not charge institutions a fee to earn BIA Program recognition. In order to obtain BIA status, the institution or program must submit and have approved a detailed application to Breining Institute. To be eligible to be designated a BIA Program for the CCMI Credential, the institution must provide detailed information that specifically addresses the five CCMI Modules. The BIA Program application is available free at this link: BIA Application

CCMI Training Programs:

Currently accredited BIA Programs / Instructors that provide approved CCMI training modules are listed below. Breining Institute does not provide these training modules, and you should contact the individuals / programs directly to sign-up for their respective training courses:

  • Eric McLaughlin, CCMI, CIP, RASi
  • Intervention911.com
  • Ken Seeley Communities
  • Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services
  • Ken Seeley, CCMI, CIP, RAS, CATC
  • Caroline Smith, MA, LPC, LISAC, CSAT-S, CCMI, CIP

Here is a link to sign-up information for training modules offered by the i911 (Intervention911.com) program: i911 Events


The qualifying exam for the CCMI Credential is the CCMI Examination, a 75-question multiple-choice exam, which is administered and available online through Breining Institute.

We provide a free 25-question CCMI Practice Exam to CCMI Interns, which consists of examples of the type and format of the multiple-choice and true / false questions that will be included within the full CCMI Credential Exam. The Practice Exam is only available to CCMI Interns.

The Practice Exam and full CCMI Credential Exam have been tested to work with Firefox, Chrome and Safari web browsers, in desktop computers, laptop computers, and mobile devices (such as tablets and phones).

CCMI candidates are required to take the CCMI Practice Exam prior to taking the full CCMI Credential Exam, in order to make sure that the candidate’s computer and browser are able to access and complete the full exam.

You should use the same computer to take both the Practice Exam and full CCMI Credential Exam.


CCMI Application – Online Form
You may apply for CCMI-Intern status after completing at least one Module (at least 25 hours) of specified training.

Clinical Experience Verification Form This online verification form should be completed by a qualified employer representative or representatives, in order to verify the required experience. Please provide the employer representative this link to the form, which may be completed and submitted online: https://www.breining.edu/index.php/1702241604-2/clinical-experience-form/

CCMI Application and Exam Fee Payment
Candidates are eligible to take the CCMI Exam after completing 125 hours of all 5 specified training Modules. If you have not previously submitted credit card authorization for the CCMI Application Fee or the CCMI Exam Fee, you may select one of the links below to make a payment:

CCMI Renewal – Online Form
You may use the online Renewal form to RENEW your CCMI credentials up to one year prior to your renewal date. You may also UPGRADE your current CCMI Credentials at the same time that you renew, using this form.

  • No charge to upgrade from CCMI-Associate to full CCMI Credential
  • No charge to upgrade from CCMI to CCMI – Masters Level

Verify Credential
To verify whether someone has been awarded the CCMI Credential from Breining Institute, select the following link to the International Certified / Credentialed Counselors (CCCo) database: International CCCo Verification

Protected Service Marks of Breining Institute

The “Certified Case Manager Interventionist” and “CCMI” credentials are proprietary service marks, and may only be used by professionals who have been awarded these credentials by Breining Institute: “Certified Case Manager Interventionist” and “CCMI” credentials: Service Mark Reg. No. 121265, Class Number 41;  “CCMI” Service Mark Reg. No. 5,560,295, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ser. No. 87-778,904, Class Number 41