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Substance Use Disorder Support Specialist Certificate

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The SUD Support Specialist certificate program prepares trainees to serve patients with substance use disorders. 

This educational program prepares students in the core skills of effective interprofessional practice and communication, cultural competence, professional accountability, support skills for patients and families, and patient safety.

This 8-week certificate course trains individuals to be proficient in supporting substance use disorder treatment as part of an integrated and interprofessional care team and work in a community health setting with medically underserved populations. The certificate is delivered using a combination of self-paced online modules and live trainings via Zoom.

Participants who complete this training may be able to pursue certification as a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA). Certified Recover Peer Advocates do require additional hours on top of the certificate program.

Tuition is covered for all participants. This program is supported and funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Opioid Workforce Expansion Program and is an eligible training program through the New York State Department of Labor. Qualified students may receive financial support to complete the program through the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium.

SUD Support Specialist certificate program
  • When: June 14 - August 6, 2021
  • Location:  Zoom and On-site Placement at Horizon Healthcare/Other Partner Organization
  • Cost: Free
  • Information: 2021 Schedule

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Congressman Brian Higgins standing with D'Youville's President Clemo and other instrumental faculty for a Nursing Grant.

Alongside D'Youville, Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gail Burstein announced that D'Youville's School of Health Professions received a grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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