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This space is intended to share current information related to development of the Massachusetts addictions workforce. If you have a suggestions for a news post/announcement, please contact us.

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February 20, 2014

SAMHSA/HRSA and The Annapolis Coalition have released Core Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health.

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January 30, 2014

We have launched a LinkedIn group associated with this website, called Careers of Substance. Providers across the Commonwealth (and New England) are invited to post related positions (substance use-related prevention, intervention and treatment positions, addictions and recovery support positions, and any positions in related fields that deal with any aspect of substance use and addictions work), and job seekers can join the group to get regular emails whenever new jobs are posted.

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December 2, 2013

The November 2013 issue of the journal Health Affairs has a major article, titled "Mental Health And Addiction Workforce Development: Federal Leadership Is Needed To Address The Growing Crisis," which will be available for a year free of charge.

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November 18, 2013

If you are wondering how you and your agency are going to keep up with the rapidly-changing world of healthcare, check out the Health Reform Readiness Index. The HRRI, developed by NIATx leaders Tom Molfenter and Victor Capoccia, is an online tool that behavioral health organizations can use to gauge their level of preparedness for the changes accompanying parity and reform legislation, changes to state budgets, and the increasing emphasis on performance accountability.

Background:

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October 31, 2013

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, ASAM, has released a new edition of ASAM treatment placement criteria - the last edition was released 12 years ago.

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October 2, 2013

Despite the situation in Washington, October is here and providers need to be up to speed on the latest changes to health care in MA and across the country. Below are some resources that will help you help your clients and your agencies navigate and best respond to these new health care systems and structures.

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September 11, 2013

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.

Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

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September 5, 2013

In light of the press surrounding a recently-published BMJ study, it is important for people working in our field to help our clients and others know that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are real and very serious.

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