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May 11, 2016

SAMHSA-HRSA Collaborative Grants

2016 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Program

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April 12, 2016

The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies program will take place June 6 – 9, 2016 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. Program information is available under the “Summer School” link at http://www.neias.org.

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February 18, 2016

The William L. White Student Scholarship Award was created by the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) to promote student addiction studies research and develop the importance of student research projects. It is awarded annually to one graduate NAADAC Student Member and one undergraduate NAADAC Student member with the best student addiction research paper on the assigned topic in that year and applied directly to the students' educational debt.

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February 3, 2016

The Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (MBSACC), in conjunction with the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), is pleased to offer a new certification for Recovery Coaches: The CARC (Certified Addiction Recovery Coach).

The Exam Waiver period began on January 1, 2016 and will continue through June 30, 2018. During this time, qualified recovery coaches will be eligible to apply for certification without taking the IC&RC exam. Beginning on July 1, 2018, anyone seeking this certification will need to pass the exam.

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January 22, 2016

The New England Institute of Addiction Studies has a long history of presenting intensive courses conducted by outstanding faculty. Our planning committee, comprised of representatives from each of the six New England states, has been building our 2016 program based on identified regional priorities. We welcome submissions from potential faculty to teach at the 2016 New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, which will take place at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts from June 6 - 9, 2016. 

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December 17, 2015

On December 15, 2015, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals announced the opening of the 2nd cohort of the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) for master’s level students in the last year of a graduate program with an addiction/substance use disorder program or track.

At least 36 students who commit to working with the needs of transition age youth and/or racial and ethnic minorities post-graduation will be provided tuition stipends of up to $20,000 per student, training, and mentorship.

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November 12, 2015

During the past summer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Regional Administrators led behavioral health workforce meetings for each of SAMHSA’s 10 regions. Massachusetts state leadership participated in the Region 1 meeting in August 2015.

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November 4, 2015

November 4, 2015 - Governor Baker announced the launch of a new campaign aimed at ending the stigma against people suffering from addiction.

The stigma of drug misuse keeps people from seeking treatment. Words like “junkie,” “addict” and “druggie” can hurt, damaging self-image and standing in the way of recovery. Addiction is not a choice. It’s a chronic disease similar to diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. 

Get the facts and embrace a community that needs our support. Join us as we make Massachusetts a #StateWithoutStigMA.

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