November 2018

Black Addiction Counselor Education Program Graduates Inaugural Class

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the inaugural class of the Black Addiction Counselor Education Program graduated 17 students at the Judd Gymnasium at Springfield College, Springfield MA.

The Black Addiction Counselor Education (BACE) program, first imagined in 2011 but put on hold due to budget cuts, finally came into being in January, 2018, when the first cohort of students began the 300 hour, 9-month long course, which is currently being reviewed by BSAS Licensing in an effort to become an Approved Addiction Education Provider (AAEP).

BSAS Recovery Support Services Coordinator Receives DPH Certificate of Recognition

On September 12, BSAS Recovery Support Services Coordinator, Julia Ojeda, received a certificate of recognition from the Department of Public Health for her “exceptional equity work with the deaf and hard of hearing community.” Since 2011, BSAS has trained 15 deaf and hard of hearing Recovery Coaches in Motivational Interviewing, Mental Wellness and Recovery Coaching, and Addictions 101. In addition, BSAS has trained 13 deaf and hard of hearing Recovery Coaches in Ethical Considerations.