ASHTABULA  — The Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and the Ashtabula County Substance Abuse Leadership Team in collaboration with Community Counseling Center, Glenbeigh, Lake Area Recovery Center and Signature Health will  launch a free training academy, beginning Sept. 1.

The training academy was developed to assist Ashtabula County residents who are interested in becoming a chemical dependency counselor assistant meet the 40 hours of training required for certification by the state of Ohio.

The Training Academy will also provide continuing education opportunities for Ashtabula County residents or persons who work in Ashtabula County and are already certified or licensed by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselor Professional Board and/or the Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board to obtain continuing education credits.

In collaboration with four other rural counties, Ohio University and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and the Ashtabula County Substance Abuse Leadership Team received a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of the goals of this grant is to improve access to treatment services for persons who have a substance use disorders, especially an opiate use disorder.

To increase access to treatment services the MHRS Board and SALT is focusing on increasing the number of substance abuse disorder certified treatment providers available in Ashtabula County. The Training Academy will address a shortage in trained, certified individuals in the county to fully meet the needs of Ashtabula County residents and open up job opportunities.

The first weekly class of the Training Academy will be Sept. 1, 2020. For more information about the Training Academy, view the scheduled classes, or learn how to register for classes, please visit the MHRS Board’s website at: www.ashtabulamhrs.org or call the Board at 440-992-3121 to request a printed packet of information.

For additional information on the certification requirements, please visit the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board website at www.ocdp.ohio.gov .

Continuing education units for Counselors, Social Workers and Chemical Dependency Professionals are sponsored and granted by Glenbeigh for this training series.

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