Helio Health Awarded $267,011 by the Alliance for Economic Inclusion to Provide Job Trainings

Syracuse, NY― Helio Health has been awarded $267,011 to provide job trainings for people in Onondaga and Oswego Counties to become Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs) and Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPAs). There is currently a shortage of both CASACs and CRPAs in the region, and this often leads to staff shortages across agencies. These shortages have the potential to delay access to treatment for people needing help at a time when many people need access to care due to the current opioid and heroin epidemics.

The goals for the project are to provide job training at no cost to the participant, prepare participant for an entry level position in the field, and link participants with potential employers to fill vacant positions to expand existing services.

Additionally, there will be increased access to care for people who need services and reside in Oswego or Onondaga Counties. This increased access to care will lead more people into a lifestyle of recovery, where they may also be able to seek meaningful employment and contribute to the economic well-being of the region.

Helio Health has a Training Institute that will provide comprehensive training in both of these professionals. The funds will provide job training for up to 300 people and increase access to care.

“The National opiate crisis has highlighted the shortage of peers and counselors working in substance use and mental health disorders,” says Jeremy Klemanski, President and C.E.O. “This grant will allow Helio Health to train and prepare people in our community that want a path to rewarding work helping people with substance use and mental health disorders gain training leading to certification. These certifications give people a significant advantage helping them climb the career ladder in counseling and peer work professions.”

Helio Health promotes recovery from the effects of substance use and mental health disorders through healthcare programs at every stage of the rehabilitation process. SBH programs have helped thousands of families in the Central New York area struggling with behavioral issues.

For more information or ways to get involved with the, please contact Lauren Klemanski at lklemanski@helio.health or by phone at 315-474-5506 ext 238. To learn more about Helio Health please visit our website at www.helio.health, or friend us on Facebook.

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