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Event Information: New Jersey Recovery Coaches training/webinar

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT), in partnership with the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, invites you to a webinar to learn about an exciting apprenticeship program for individuals aspiring to be certified alcohol and drug counselors. The apprenticeship initiative is born out of a pilot program that the New Jersey Talent Development Center (TDC) launched in partnership with Homeless Solutions and Mental Health Associations of Essex and Morris Counties in 2016.

Program Background


TDC and the Homelessness Solution and Mental Health Association started the apprenticeship to provide their 10 case managers training to become certified alcohol and drug counselors.


Former Governor Chris Christie learned about the importance of the training during a site visit and decided to expand it statewide. So, the state awarded the New Jersey Healthcare TDC a $1.3 million grant to expand the apprenticeship program as part of New Jersey's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The grant allows TDC to provide New Jersey residents access to 270 hours of free classroom instruction and 3,100 hours of paid on-the-job training. New Jersey’s Healthcare TDC is based in Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.


Webinar Information


The 90-minute webinar will focus on how the program started, how the training made a difference to the employees, and how the expansion is helping New Jersey offer this program to additional employers.


Time and Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 3:00–4:30 p.m. (EST).



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Executive Directors Corner:

Hello everyone. Happy Spring?

  • Regardless, spirits across our network are running high as plans for so many opportunities are published here on our page- webinars, grants being announced, conferences, symposiums, and the truly unique New England Summer School of Addiction Studies. There's really no better way to get a good dose of high quality content in a short and enjoyable amount of time. We hope you take time to check out all of your options!
  • The operational side of VCPI's work also continues to speed along. Watch this site for an upcoming announcement about VCPI's plans for a new home with another organization. We are grateful to SNHU for the work done to give VCPI a solid foundation and yet recognize we're ready for something different.
  • Keep your eye on the legislature to track progress on bills aimed at making a difference for all Vermonters by focusing on the issue of children's trauma. We're proud of VCPI's involvement in championing this work.
  • We have subcommittees working on policies and procedures and other operational components of the work that are always happy to listen to ideas and are open to more involvement.

    Finally, we've established some simple ways to allow for members only access to some of our new resources. If you haven't figured out how to access, get in touch with Amy for support. Don't miss what's been developed specifically to fit your needs! or 802 655-7235

Thank you,

Karen Crowley


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