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Workforce Development

One of our greatest challenges to the substance abuse treatment field is the recruitment of new employees, and the retention of current ones, as our workforce ages into retirement or changes careers. Agencies across the country are facing difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified staff due to increasing credentialing requirements, perceptions of careers in this field being "low status jobs", and issues surrounding pay scales.

BHDDH is dedicated to the recruitment and retention of substance abuse treatment and prevention professionals and to improving the quality of our workforce. We are currently working with the ATTC-NE, the New England Institute of Addiction Studies, the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association, our state colleges and universities, and other community partners to develop and implement new initiatives.

Our State Action Plan for an Integrated System of Care includes the development of a qualified workforce to meet the unique treatment and prevention needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders. In addition, we are working on a cross-training initiative with the Department of Developmental Disabilities. We continue to offer partial scholarships to the New England Institute of Addiction Studies, to sponsor the Counselor Recruitment Project, (for potential newcomers to this field), and The Leadership Institute for Program Managers. For more information, please contact Lori Dorsey: Email: LDorsey@bhddh.ri.gov ; Telephone: 401-462-0645.

Documents From The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, (SAMHSA):

The Workforce Crisis (SAMHSA's response): http://www.samhsa.gov/SAMHSA_News/VolumeXII_6/article4.htm
SAMHSA Workforce Development: http://www.kap.samhsa.gov/workforce/counselors.htm
SAMHSA - Strengthening Professional Identity: http://www.samhsa.gov/Workforce/WorkforceReportFinal.pdf
SAMHSA Action Plan for Workforce Development: http://www.samhsa.gov/Workforce/Annapolis/WorkforceActionPlan.pdf

Education and Credentialing for Counselors:

*Rhode Island Certification Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals: http://www.ribccdp.com
*Rhode Island Licensing Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals: http://www.state.ri.us/etowncrier//?page=view_entity
*Rules and Regulations for Licensing of Chemical Dependency Professionals: http://www.rules.state.ri.us/rules/released/pdf/MHRH/MHRH_1103_.pdf

Higher Education - Rhode Island Colleges and Universities:
*Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (Fellowship Program): http://www.caas.brown.edu
*Bryant College Dept of Applied Psychology: http://web.bryant.edu/~psych
*CCRI - Department of Human Services: http://www.ccri.edu/hmns
*Rhode Island College - Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology: http://www.ric.edu/cep
*Rhode Island College - B.S. in Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies: http://www2.ric.edu/psychology/chem.php
*Rhode Island College - School of Social Work: http://www.ric.edu/socwk
*Salve Regina Dept of Social Work: http://www.salve.edu/academics/departments/swk
*Salve Regina Dept of Psychology: http://www.salve.edu/academics/departments/psy
*URI - College of Human Science and Services: http://www.uri.edu/hss
*URI - Department of Psychology: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/psy

Training/Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

*DATA (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association): www.dataofri.org
*ATTC-NE (Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England) www.attcnetwork.org/regcenters/index_newengland.aspwww.attc-ne.org
*NEIAS (New England Institute of Addiction Studies): www.neias.org

Evidence Based/Best Practice Resources:

*Brown University - Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies: http://www.caas.brown.edu
*SAMHSA Knowledge Application Programs: http://www.kap.samhsa.gov/ka/index.htm
*SAMHSA TIPS, TAPS and Manuals: http://www.kap.samhsa.gov/products/manuals/index.htm
*ATTC Resource Center: http://www.attcnetwork.org/regcenters/index_centraleast.asp
*University of Iowa Implementation Guide: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iowapic/files/EBP%20Guide%20-%20Revised%205-03.pdf
*University of Washington, Seattle, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, Evidence Based: http://adai.washington.edu/ebp
*NIDA Treatment Research: http://www.nida.nih.gov/drugpages/treatment.html