Friday, April 14, 2017

OUC to participate in Building Ohio’s Addiction and Mental Health Workforce for the Future live stream event

Ohio University Chillicothe will host a live-stream viewing session of the Workforce for the Future forum Monday, April 24, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall room 110 to encourage college students to enter into the addiction and mental health workforce.

The Forum will focus on the rewarding benefits of the substance use and mental health disorder disciplines, the national workforce shortage and Ohio’s workforce needs, state certification and licensing requirements, networking and mentoring connections, and other professional development opportunities. Students will also be able to visit with local substance use disorder treatment providers to learn more about employment and internship opportunities.

Dr. Barbara Mahaffey, the lead professor of the local live-stream event and program coordinator for OUC’s Human Services Technology program said, “Connecting students to careers in the Human Services field is an important way to explore the many ways to help clients. Anyone who attends this event will understand the connection between gaining an education to being certified as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant and the agencies who hire great helping professionals.”

According to The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, released in November 2016, although 20.8 million people in the United States met the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder in 2015, only 2.2 million people (10.4%) received any type of treatment.  Of those treated, only 63.7% received treatment in specialty substance use disorder treatment programs, in part due to a nationwide shortage of professionals trained to work in this specialty field.

The addiction and mental health and professional workforce must grow and strengthen to manage this increased demand for its vital services. It is more imperative now than ever that we recruit and retain our professional addiction and mental health workforce.

To aid in this effort, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals have partnered with the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Columbus State Community College to host this forum in Columbus.

The live stream will be available at

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