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NYS Announces $3M for Addiction Services Scholarships


New York State has launched a new scholarship program for those pursuing joining or advancing in the field of addiction services.

Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement Thursday that nearly 3-million dollars will now be available in scholarships for those seeking a bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies or to obtain their Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) or Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) credential from one of three state colleges.

Alfred State College, Stony Brook University, and Empire State University will all receive funding from the state’s opioid settlement fund to support these scholarships. Alfred will receive $492,500  to support up to 125 people seeking their CPP or CASAC certification; Stony Brook will get $1.4-million for 200 CASAC certification scholarships, and ESU will receive $1-million for scholarships for those who currently have a CPP or CASAC certification and are looking to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies.

“New York State continues to work on expanding and enhancing our services to help individuals, families, and communities affected by addiction,” Governor Hochul said. “This latest round of settlement funding will strengthen the addiction workforce, and support those who continue to be impacted by the opioid and overdose epidemic.”

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said, “Our workforce is a vital part of the OASAS service system. These dedicated professionals do important work by providing critical, lifesaving support for thousands of New Yorkers who have been impacted by addiction. We are excited for this new partnership, which will allow for even more people to enter this rewarding career, and help their fellow New Yorkers live healthier lives.”

New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “This scholarship program will help us to strengthen our behavioral health workforce and enhance the services and supports they provide. This is another important step forward in our efforts to help those New Yorkers struggling with drug abuse and addiction.”

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said, “As we continue to see the pain and suffering from various forms of addiction there is a need for compassionate individuals to help our fellow New Yorkers who struggle with this challenging disease. By strengthening this workforce, we can prevent tragedies, save lives and restore families. We thank Governor Hochul for her commitment to combating addiction and to the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers.”

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