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August 25, 2016

Massachusetts offers loan repayment programs for primary health care professionals in a variety of disciplines, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and behavioral and mental health (including substance use disorder) clinicians. The goal of these programs is to provide educational loan repayment as an incentive for primary care health professionals to practice in communities where significant shortages of health care providers and barriers to access have been id

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July 29, 2016

On Friday, July 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) reports that CARA addresses opioid use disorders, including provisions related to prevention and education, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, and services for women, families, and veterans, among others. CARA also permits nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine.

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June 30, 2016

The New England Institute for Addiction Studies is pleased to announce that the 2016 Best Practices School will take place August 29 to September 1 in Waterville Valley, NH.

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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

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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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