CCBC awarded HRSA grant for Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program

Sep 12, 2020 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

Baltimore County, Md. – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resource & Services Administration recently awarded the Community College of Baltimore County a $559,251 grant to expand access to behavioral health services for families affected by opioids and other substance use disorders.

CCBC will create the Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program, which will offer participants significant resources to become successfully employed behavioral health trainees.

As the only National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission training program in Maryland, CCBC’s Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program will train and place more than 100 newly-credentialed counselors to work within the medically underserved areas of Baltimore City, the surrounding counties, and rural parts of the state. The participants will receive specialized training in counseling children and families who experience and/or have family members experiencing opioid or other substance use disorders.

“We are so grateful to HRSA for awarding us this grant that enables us to develop our Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program,” said Ted McCadden, project director. “This training program is clearly needed in our state, where there is a designated workforce shortage. Every community in Maryland is impacted by the opioid epidemic; this program will allow us to serve urban and rural communities alike.”

Participants in the program will be trained in telehealth services and complete experiential training on interprofessional teams at partner sites while earning their certification as Alcohol and Drug Counselor Trainees by the State of Maryland. At least 50% of the students will then move on to the next level apprenticeship program to become Certified Supervised Counselor - Alcohol and Drug. Students will receive stipends and full tuition waivers for their participation.

This grant is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,165,148 with 90 % funded by HRSA/HHS and $231,930 with 10 % funded by nongovernment source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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