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The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the Mass League), on behalf of the MassHealth Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Statewide Investments (SWI) Program, and in close collaboration with the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, has released applications for the second cycle of two DSRIP SWIs:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Julia Ojeda, BSAS Recovery Support Services Coordinator, receives DMH’s first Peer Workforce Champion Award
Careers of Substance receives an Innovation Award from the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce