News & Announcements

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May 29, 2019

BSAS is soliciting information to enhance re-entry services for Black and Latino men coming out of the correctional system.  The hope is to obtain information from both direct and indirect re-entry providers.  Indirect re-entry providers are those who “fill-in the gaps” when individuals do not engage in re-entry services (e.g. detox facilities, community mental health agencies).  The official RFI can be found on COMMBUYS here:

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April 19, 2019

Are you a student looking for ways to gain recognition in your field and ease your tuition burden?

The William White Scholarship was created to promote student addiction studies research and develop the importance of student research projects in NASAC accredited programs, NAADAC approved programs in higher education, or an accredited addiction studies higher education program acknowledged by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that provides research or education to the addiction profession.

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February 21, 2019

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the Mass League), on behalf of the MassHealth Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Statewide Investments (SWI) Program, and in close collaboration with the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, has released applications for the second cycle of two DSRIP SWIs:

1.  Student Loan Repayment Program

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January 15, 2019

To combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HRSA launched the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP).

The most effective treatment for opioid addiction is a comprehensive approach that incorporates medication and behavioral health counseling.

The program supports the recruitment and retention of health professionals needed in underserved areas to expand access to SUD treatment and prevent overdose deaths.

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December 28, 2018

The NBCC Foundation and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, are pleased to announce the 2019 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP) for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC).

The program will administer up to 40 master’s degree-level counseling fellowships of $15,000 for addictions counseling students, plus the travel expenses to participate in other program-related trainings.

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November 16, 2018

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the inaugural class of the Black Addiction Counselor Education Program graduated 17 students at the Judd Gymnasium at Springfield College, Springfield MA.

The Black Addiction Counselor Education (BACE) program, first imagined in 2011 but put on hold due to budget cuts, finally came into being in January, 2018, when the first cohort of students began the 300 hour, 9-month long course, which is currently being reviewed by BSAS Licensing in an effort to become an Approved Addiction Education Provider (AAEP).

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