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July 12, 2018

Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities have recently been approved to become NHSC Sites!

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June 20, 2018

Boston Medical Center (BMC)’s Grayken Center for Addiction has issued a press release announcing its study on the impact of peer recovery coaches on patients with substance use disorder (SUD), including focusing on providing support to patients and helping them achieve sustained recovery.

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May 1, 2018

Good news for anyone who has been working toward their Certified Addiction Recovery Coach credential: you now have until March 31, 2019 to complete your 60 hours of education, 500 hours of supervised recovery coaching experience, and complete your application for certification without having to sit for the exam.

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April 3, 2018


DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED - MassHealth DSRIP Statewide Investments: Application Release for Community-Based Primary Care and Behavioral Health Workforce Initiatives: Primary Care/Behavioral Health Special Projects Program

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March 29, 2018

The 49th Annual New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies program will take place June 4 - 7, 2018 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. 

Click here for further program information. 

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February 22, 2018

The Community Health Training Institute relies on your feedback to continuously improve their training offerings to make sure they're providing you all with the most relevant and useful material. Because of this, they're asking you all to take two minutes from your day to fill out this short Training Needs Survey. The Community Health Training Institute exists for dedicated community workers like you, and they value your input in our planning process.

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January 16, 2018

One of the challenges in the effort to combat health disparities in the United States is the growing shortage of qualified and diverse health professionals in all aspects of public health. To replenish the nearly one in four public health professionals entering retirement, schools of public health will have to triple the current number of graduates over the next several years. The Pew Research Center reports that Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and that the U.S.

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October 13, 2017

The Baker-Polito Administration announced a first-in-the-nation set of educational core principles for social workers, the largest force on the front lines of the opioid crisis.

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