Ohio SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forum

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According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health (2016), almost 21 Million people in the U.S. met criterion for Substance Use disorders, while only 2.2 Million receive any type of treatment. As the nation tries better to address this gap in services, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) anticipates a 22% increase in the number of Addictions and Mental Health related jobs over the next several years. On Monday April 24th, a host of sponsors, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Ohio Department of Mental health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), and the National Association for Addictions Professionals (NAADAC) provided a forum titled: Workforce for the Future: Building Ohio’s Addiction and Mental Health System of Care.

The program was attended by Dr. Timothy McCarragher, Professor John Ellis, and Lakewood Campus MSW Student, Dorothy Hillaire. Ms. Hillaire, who also serves as the Secretary for the Ohio Chapter of NADAAC, was one of three Ohio students chosen to be on a student panel that discussed professional opportunities in addictions treatment, prevention, and recovery. Our School of Social Work was one of the exhibitors for this event.