Authorization, License, Accreditation, and Membership

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies is a 501(c)3 private post-secondary institution.

State Licensure as a Degree-Granting Institution

The Cummings Graduate Institute is licensed as a degree-granting institution by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1740 West Adams Suite 3008, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Phone: (602) 542-5709, Fax: (602) 542-1253, www.azppse.gov or www.ppse.az.gov.

Institution Accreditation

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) is institutionally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, Phone: (202) 234- 5100, Email: info@deac.org, https://www.deac.org

Doctorate of Behavioral Health Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Behavioral Health Program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies has been awarded provisional accreditation by the National Institute for Behavioral Health Quality (NIBHQ), 5757 Wilshire Blvd Ste 6, Los Angeles, CA 90036, (714) 927-4439, http://www.nibhq.org. NIBHQ provisional accreditation was granted to the Institute's DBH program for meeting all NIBHQ criteria for the doctoral program.

The mission of NIBHQ is to provide accreditation to behavioral healthcare programs. NIBHQ is a profession specific agency that awards accreditation based on standards developed by behavioral healthcare professionals. The NIBHQ awards accreditation only to those entities that can meet and maintain adherence to standards specifically developed to promote quality in delivering quality behavioral healthcare education.

The NIBHQ only accredits the professional (practice) aspects of a doctoral level program. A training program that is licensed to award a behavioral health care doctoral degree is eligible to apply for provisional accreditation and upon approval of its curriculum and structure, qualifies for NIBHQ Provisional Accreditation. A program is eligible to apply for and receive NIBHQ Full Accreditation after graduating two consecutive classes of doctoral candidates. Once fully accredited, a program is subject to periodic review whenever it undergoes substantive changes, or on a regular time schedule of every five years, or as otherwise determined by the NIBHQ. NIBHQ accreditation is subject to revocation if any proposed changes are implemented by an accredited program and subsequently rejected or found incompatible with NIBHQ program standards.

NIBHQ is not an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

State Authorization

Cummings Graduate Institute is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval as indicated in the following table and map. We work with states directly to ensure that authorization or licensure is necessary and that required approvals are secured. While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check Cummings Graduate Institute’s website often for updates: http://cummingsinstitute.com/state-authorization-and-accreditation/

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC
Alaska Cummings Graduate Institute and the DBH Program have been determined to meet the criteria for exemption from the authorization provisions of AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17 because the program is online and does not have a physical presence in the state.
Arizona Cummings Graduate Institute is authorized by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to offer its programs to residents of Arizona. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Arizona regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
California As a private, non-profit, accredited institution, Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt according to the  California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and thus can enroll students from California.
Colorado Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Colorado Department of Higher Education to obtain approval to offer its programs to residents of Colorado. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Colorado regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Florida Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Florida Commission for Independent Education to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of Florida. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Florida regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Kansas Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Kansas Board of Regents to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Kansas. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Kansas regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Louisiana Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Louisiana Board of Regents to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Louisiana. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Louisiana regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Massachusetts Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in Massachusetts. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in Massachusetts.
Nebraska Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of Nebraska. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Nebraska regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
New Hampshire Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the New Hampshire Department of Education Division of Higher Education – Higher Education Commission to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of New Hampshire. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with New Hampshire regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
New Jersey Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education to obtain approval from the Secretary to offer its programs to residents of New Jersey. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with New Jersey regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
New Mexico Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the New Mexico Higher Education Department to obtain approval from the Department to offer its programs to residents of New Mexico. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with New Mexico regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
North Carolina Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Board of Governors to obtain approval from the Office to offer its programs to residents of North Carolina. Cummings Graduate Institute is therefore in compliance with North Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.
Ohio Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate
Institute is not required by the Ohio Board of Regents and The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and
Schools to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Ohio. Therefore,
Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Ohio regulations concerning post-secondary
distance education.
Oklahoma Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Oklahoma Board of Private Schools to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Oklahoma. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Oklahoma regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Oregon Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in Oregon. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in Oregon.
South Carolina Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to obtain approval from the Commission to offer its programs to residents of South Carolina. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with South Carolina regulations concerning postsecondary distance education. Cummings Graduate Institute does not imply, promise, or ensure that credits earned at the Institute will transfer to other institutions, since such determinations are made according to the policies of the receiving institution. If you are considering transferring to another school, it is your responsibility to determine whether that school will accept your academic credits. You are encouraged to make this determination as early as possible.
South Dakota Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in South Dakota. The South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office does not regulate distance or online education. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in South Dakota.
Tennessee Cummings Graduate Institute is exempt from State Authorization in Tennessee. We are enrolling students whose permanent address is in Tennessee.
Vermont Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the Vermont State Board of Education to obtain approval from the Board to offer its programs to residents of Vermont. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Vermont regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.
Virginia Cummings Graduate Institute does not have a physical presence in the state. Cummings Graduate Institute is not required by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education Unit to obtain approval from the Unit to offer its programs to residents of Virginia. Therefore, Cummings Graduate Institute is in compliance with Virginia regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.

Cummings Graduate Institute is not enrolling students whose permanent address is in the following states

Alabama It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Alabama. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Arkansas It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Arkansas. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Connecticut It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Connecticut. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Delaware It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Delaware. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
District of Columbia It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from the District of Columbia. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Georgia It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Georgia. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Hawaii It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Hawaii. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Idaho It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Idaho. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Illinois It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Illinois. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Indiana It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Indiana. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Iowa It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Iowa. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Kentucky It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Kentucky. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Maine It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Maine. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Maryland It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Maryland. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Michigan It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Michigan. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Minnesota It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Minnesota. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Mississippi It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Mississippi. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Missouri It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Missouri. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Montana It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Montana. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
New York It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from New York. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Nevada It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Nevada. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
North Dakota It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from North Dakota. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Pennsylvania It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Pennsylvania. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Puerto Rico It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Puerto Rico. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Rhode Island It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Rhode Island. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Texas It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Texas. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Utah It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Utah. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Washington It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Washington. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
West Virginia It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from West Virginia. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Wisconsin It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Wisconsin. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.
Wyoming It is required to be a member of NC-SARA in order to enroll students from Wyoming. CGI is unable to enroll students from this state until given authorization from NC-SARA.

It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence.

Complaints

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Professional Licensure

CGI cannot confirm whether the DBH Program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in any state at this time. Students are advised to contact state licensing boards to determine whether the DBH Program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides. Students understand that they are responsible for researching their state laws and workplace/site policies related to use of the Doctor title as a Doctor of Behavioral Health. Professional licensure is not a Cummings Graduate Institute admissions requirement. Practicing as a DBH does not require a professional license, and there is no licensure for a DBH in any state or nation at this time. 

That said, be aware of the following professional considerations before beginning the DBH Program to make sure it is the right fit for your career goals

  1. Billing for reimbursement as a clinician typically requires a professional license as a behavioral health professional license and those eligible for licensure should clarify their scope of practice with the appropriate state health professional licensure office in their state.
  2. The use of the “Doctor” title may be prohibited in certain areas. Every country, state, and employer is different when it comes to the use of the “Doctor” title. Students should research local legislation and employer practices related to the use of the “Doctor” title.

Legislation is evolving quickly. Making an informed decision means knowing the landscape of healthcare in a student’s local area.