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January 15, 2019

To combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HRSA launched the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP).

The most effective treatment for opioid addiction is a comprehensive approach that incorporates medication and behavioral health counseling.

The program supports the recruitment and retention of health professionals needed in underserved areas to expand access to SUD treatment and prevent overdose deaths.

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December 28, 2018

The NBCC Foundation and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, are pleased to announce the 2019 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP) for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC).

The program will administer up to 40 master’s degree-level counseling fellowships of $15,000 for addictions counseling students, plus the travel expenses to participate in other program-related trainings.

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November 16, 2018

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).

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November 7, 2018

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.

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October 5, 2018

The Grayken Center of Boston Medical Center has launched its Employer Resource Library, a set of tools and resources to support organizations in understanding and addressing substance use disorders (SUDs) in the wo

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August 21, 2018

Julia Ojeda, BSAS Recovery Support Services Coordinator, receives DMH’s first Peer Workforce Champion Award

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August 21, 2018

Careers of Substance receives an Innovation Award from the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce

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July 24, 2018

The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (New England ATTC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Leadership Development Program (LDP) for addictions professionals from all elements of the continuum of care. The LDP has been designed by Peter Smith, with input from a committee of addictions professionals.

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