In 2018, NAADAC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are joining forces with four Single State Authority offices and local colleges around the country to host a series of Workforce Forums to build awareness and educate high school and college/university students about the benefits and opportunities in the susbtance use and mental health disorder professions. The Forum aim to increase the number of students choosing to enter the behavioral health field and specilazing in these disciplines.
The 2018 SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forum Awardees are:
- Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services;
- Minnesota Department of Human Services; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division;
- Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse; and
- New Mexico Human Services Department, Behavioral Health Services Division.
SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forums focus on the rewarding benefits of the substance use and mental health disorder disciplines, opportunities for advancement and creativity, each state's workforce needs, state certification and licensing requirements, national certification opportunities, networking and mentoring connections, and other professional development opportunities. Finally, students are able to visit with local SUD treatment providers to learn more about employment and internship opportunities. All forums will be streamed online live and captured for future digital distribution through NAADAC.
In 2016, SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forums were held in Colorado, Louisiana, the Northeast, and Ohio. In 2017, SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forums were held in Alabama, Ohio, Puerto Rico, and West Virginia.
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