New York Certification Board Launched
September 1, 2012
Albany, NY – A major workforce initiative that will facilitate the expected creation of jobs as New York implements Medicaid redesign and healthcare reform is being launched by the Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers of New York State, Inc. (ASAP).
The New York Certification Board Executive Committee will be holding its first meeting on Friday, April 27, and its first full New York Certification Board meeting in early May. The Board plans to launch a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach credential in the very near future, according to Alexis Gadsden, ASAP Board President.
According to Ms. Gadsden, hundreds of interested persons have already received training and many more are scheduled to receive training necessary to become certified.
“We expect to have 500 or more credentialed addiction recovery coaches within the first year of operation,” said Gadsden. “These professionals will fill new jobs created by healthcare reform and a shift toward recovery-oriented systems of care,” she added.
The NYCB, expecting the demand for recovery coaches to increase over time, has established a strong working relationship with organizations like Friends of Recovery New York and the Recovery Coach Academy. According to John Coppola, ASAP Executive Director, the NYCB will provide a major career opportunity and help to strengthen the expansion of recovery centers across New York State.
Dr. Patti Juliana, PhD., Administrative Director at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC, will serve as the first President of the New York Certification Board (NYCB). Also joining the Executive Committee of the NYCB will be Roy Kearse, Vice President of Residential Treatment for Samaritan Village in NYC, who will serve as Vice President: Keith Stack, Executive Director of the Addictions Care Center of Albany, who will serve as Secretary, and Chip Bomyea, Director of Equinox Counseling Center, who will serve as Treasurer.
The NCB mission, to strengthen health and human services outcomes by enhancing the recovery-oriented skills and capacity of the workforce, will be achieved through the provision of high quality credentialing, testing, technical assistance, and training/education services.