Addictions Workforce Development

Resources to support addictions workforce development for individuals, organizations and systems.

The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) is a multidisciplinary organization of health care professionals dedicated to improving education in the care of individuals with substance abuse problems, including physicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, psychologists, public health practitioners, substance abuse specialists, physician assistants, allied... Read More

The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the mental health and addictions workforce.

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England is a regional center supported by SAMHSA.

Behavioral Health Workforce Forum

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals are supporting outreach across the nation to interest college students in selecting a career in Behavioral Health.  The New England region was selected as one of four sites for a live event, with the opportunity to... Read More

Praxis, funded by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), draws on best practices and the latest research to train and support addiction professionals to deliver recovery-oriented, trauma-informed services. Current offerings include trainings on: Harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Opioid Overdose Prevention.

This toolkit is designed for provider organizations in the addictions field, their executives, managers and human resources staff. It includes practical resources and information to guide and assist providers as they face workforce issues associated with substance use, misuse and recovery among employees.

There are a number of ways this tool can be used in practice to assist providers and patients to exchange information, engage in person-centered treatment planning, and support informed decision-making about personal treatment and recovery.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health CLAS Initiative develops and implements the national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards within DPH programs and agencies who receive direct service grants from DPH.  The national CLAS Standards were developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2000. The standards offer a framework to address the structural, clinical, and... Read More

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services provides links to look up licensed programs and counselors for treatment and prevention of substance use and addictions.

Minority Fellowship Scholarship Programs

Search this list: PDF icon2016-2017MFPapplicationsdeadlines.pdf for professional organizations offering scholarships for "culturally competent... Read More

A single accreditation from the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), a joint project of INCASE and NAADAC, has been developed for Academic addiction education programs.

NAADAC also continues to offer approval for Academic or Continuing Education addiction studies programs.

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The National Healthcare Workforce Commission was established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Report of the Ohio Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction Treatment Workforce Taskforce, part of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Workforce Development Project of Ohio's Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (now the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services).

This report, from the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care, surveys literature on peer support workers in mental health and subsance use & addictions.  The authors describe the roles, reimbursement options, settings, history, and other aspects of peer work in behavioral health.

Cartoon of Earth with words "Peer to Peer Support Makes the World Go 'Round"

This manual, by Lyn Legere, with contributions from the Western Mass Peer Network and Sera Davidow of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community:

  • Provides best practices in peer support;
  • Offers tips based on the experiences of other programs that have been studied; and
  • Provides a “Nuts and Bolts” toolbox for individuals and organizations to use.

The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care, and pain management settings. ... Read More

The Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies is a national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid overdose epidemic. PCSS-O provides free, online CME programs on the safe and effective use of opioids for treatment of chronic pain and safe and effective treatment of opioid use disorder. ... Read More

This Quick Guide is based on TIP 52, "Clinical Supervison and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor."  It offers tips for program administrators on developing a best-practices program for clinical supervision in the substance abuse treatment field and presents key issues to consider, including cultural competence, supervisor ethics and values, and more.

This Quick Guide is based on TIP 52, "Clinical Supervison and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor."  It offers tips for clinical supervision in the substance abuse treatment field, and covers functions of a clinical supervisor, developmental levels of counselors and clinical supervisors, cultural competence, ethics and values, legal issues, and performance monitoring.

The Behavioral Health Treatment Needs Assessment Toolkit for States is intended to provide states and other payers with information on the prevalence and use of behavioral health services; step-by-step instructions to generate projections of utilization under insurance expansions; and factors to consider when deciding the appropriate mix of behavioral health benefits, services and providers to meet the newly eligible... Read More

This report requested from SAMHSA by the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and delivered January 24, 2013, "provides an overview of the facts and issues affecting the substance abuse and mental health workforce in America."

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration-Health Resources Services Administration's Center for Integrated Health Solutions provides a Workforce section with information for all members of integrated care teams.