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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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November 7, 2018

On September 12, BSAS Recovery Support Services Coordinator, Julia Ojeda, received a certificate of recognition from the Department of Public Health for her “exceptional equity work with the deaf and hard of hearing community.” Since 2011, BSAS has trained 15 deaf and hard of hearing Recovery Coaches in Motivational Interviewing, Mental Wellness and Recovery Coaching, and Addictions 101. In addition, BSAS has trained 13 deaf and hard of hearing Recovery Coaches in Ethical Considerations.

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October 5, 2018

The Grayken Center of Boston Medical Center has launched its Employer Resource Library, a set of tools and resources to support organizations in understanding and addressing substance use disorders (SUDs) in the wo

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August 21, 2018

Julia Ojeda, BSAS Recovery Support Services Coordinator, receives DMH’s first Peer Workforce Champion Award

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August 21, 2018

Careers of Substance receives an Innovation Award from the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce

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July 24, 2018

The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (New England ATTC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Leadership Development Program (LDP) for addictions professionals from all elements of the continuum of care. The LDP has been designed by Peter Smith, with input from a committee of addictions professionals.

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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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