Black Addiction Counselor Education Program

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What is the location of your program?

With funds from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (MDPH-BSAS), the Black Addiction Counselor Education Program (BACE) is established to train Black people in the area of addiction /mental health treatment, while creating access to addiction treatment credentials: Licensure and Certification. Moreover, by providing technical assistance, capacity building, and support to MDPH-BSAS funded organizations, this program will increase the publicly funded treatment system’s capacity to provide culturally competent services to Black populations, thereby addressing health disparities and their impact on Blacks in the Commonwealth.

How many students do you have?

We enroll up to 25 students per class.

How many students do you place into internships in a typical year?

My program focuses on the CEU's required for application for Certification and Licensure. Those individuals not working in the field are directed to various agencies to volunteer or to apply for internship to begin work experience hours required.

Share any distinctive features of your program.

Admission to the Black Addictions Counselor Education Program is determined without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin. Individuals of color especially those who identify as Black or African American, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Name / Title: Della R. Blake


Phone: 413-348-3452