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About Summer School

The 46th Annual New England School of Addiction Studies and the 15th Annual School of Prevention Studies
This program will take place at Worcester State University - Worcester, MA - June 8 - 11, 2015.

Tuition Costs

Residential Tuition includes:

  • Meals served in the university cafeteria from Monday lunch through Thursday lunch
  • Lodging is provided Monday night through Thursday morning.
  • Lodging will be provided on campus in traditional dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities
  • Program with up to 31.25 contact hours


Single Bedroom: $880
Double Bedroom: $780 per person (shared with another person in a two-bed bedroom; only if you have selected a roommate)
Optional Sunday night stay is an additional $60 - includes Monday breakfast)

 Commuter Tuition Costs Includes:

  • Meals served in the university cafeteria (lunch & dinner; no breakfast)
  • Program with up to 31.25 contact hours

Students who have purchased the commuter tuition rate will not be provided with onsite lodging.

Full 4-Day Program Commuter Cost: $595
3-Day Commuter Cost: $450
2-Day Commuter Cost: $300
1-Day Commuter Cost: $225

New England residents may click here to apply for a State partial scholarship.

Downloadable course lists, course descriptions, and online registration are available on this web site.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of June 1, we are accepting registrations only for Commuters. If you wish to be put on a wait list for housing, please contact us at 207-621-2549 or neias@neias.orgClick here for a local hotel list. 


Summer School Program

The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, commonly called Summer School, is a four-day intensive experience for participants to further their knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of addiction services through in-depth coursework.

Individuals may select topic specific tracks where similar topic courses have been grouped together or, if a participant would like to tailor their experiences even more, they may select specific courses from different focus areas. These focus areas have been designed to meet the needs of various audiences. Potential attendees will notice there is programming intended for many different partners in the world of addiction prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery. Whether you are a new addiction counselor, a juvenile probation officer, or a licensed clinician, you will find unique offerings within this year’s program. Over 80 courses are offered. Click here for course lists, and click here for course descriptions

The Summer School is appropriate for anyone who recognizes the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities. Each year, participants from many disciplines come together to form a unique and diverse community. The School’s comprehensive curriculum offers a wide variety of best practice courses in the field of addiction services. The School’s nationally and regionally recognized faculty includes instructors who are respected for their accomplishments in the behavioral health field, and also recognized for their training expertise.

Courses have been designed for the extensive demands of today's professionals and their organization: certification and licensing, evidence-based practices, behavioral healthcare and primary care integration, recovery oriented care, and current and emerging topics. In today’s workplace where training time is greatly limited, the value of attending summer school is not limited to the skills developed and knowledge gained. The ability to develop a strong professional network and exchange ideas with professionals from across New England can be transformative.

Over the years, our summer programs have been developed to respond to specific needs in our regional workforce. The 15th Annual New England School of Prevention Studies will again be co-located with this year’s program. Participants have the opportunity to attend offerings from both programs, and co-locating the schools offers wonderful networking and combined learning opportunities for participants working in different areas of the behavioral health services continuum.

We welcome you to be part of our community. If you work in treatment, prevention, recovery services, other social services, or a related field, please join us for new knowledge, skills, networking and continuing education credits in June! WELCOME!

Target Audience

The four-day program is a combination of major presentations and courses. Courses provide intensive, skill-based training in research-based programming for all students. The School’s target audience includes persons from all disciplines who are concerned with alcohol, tobacco and other drug related issues, persons new to the field, and persons in behavioral health and allied human services whose activities require a general knowledge of substance abuse.

School Location

Worcester State University’s 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwestern side of Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts and New England. The campus is a short drive from tranquil forests, hiking trails and beautiful vistas and an even shorter distance from a vibrant city life that offers popular entertainment venues, award-winning restaurants, cultural museums, historic parks, and so much more.

Once a destination of choice for immigrants looking to work in factories during the Industrial Revolution, Worcester has retained its multiculturalism. Residents of Irish, Italian, Greek, Albanian, African American, and Latino decent are among the ethnic populations that help make Worcester unique today. Worcester has transformed itself into a leader in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care, and medical research. The city continues to revitalize key areas, landmarks and institutions.

Many Worcester and Central Massachusetts natives are responsible, at least in part, for numerous societal changes, technological innovations, scientific and healthcare advancements, and cultural influences in United States. They blazed trails for Worcester State University students and professors—and those of the 11 other colleges and universities that call Worcester home—to research, analyze and advance for many decades to come. Click here for travel information.

Summer School Program Sponsors

For 46 years, the Summer School program has been a collaborative effort of the New England Institute and partners at the New England state drug and alcohol abuse agencies and training entities. Special thanks to this year's program sponsors for their outstanding assistance with planning, logistics and financial support:

State agency partners:

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Training partners:

Summer School Logistics

State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agencies Scholarship Information

A limited number of partial scholarships are offered by most New England State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agencies to support the attendance at summer school by professionals from specific states.

  • Each state differs in the amount of scholarship offered and the process by which it is awarded.
  • Click here to access scholarship application information for your state.
  • Deadline for scholarship applications varies by state, and deadlines may be viewed below.
  • To assure consideration, it is advised that these requests be sent to the appropriate state agency as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: The school application IS NOT a state scholarship application and the state scholarship application is NOT a school application. These are two separate forms that must be completed and sent to the appropriate agency. To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your state scholarship application – visit the state scholarship page.

If you apply for a scholarship and will NOT attend if you do not receive scholarship funding, select "Please withdraw if I do not receive a scholarship” on your New England School registration form. Otherwise, you will be responsible for your balance due if you do not cancel your application.

Housing on Campus

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of June 1, we are accepting registrations only for Commuters. If you wish to be put on a wait list for housing, please contact us at 207-621-2549 or neias@neias.orgClick here for a local hotel list. 

Housing is in single bedrooms, charged at the single room rate, unless you and a roommate have selected each other to share a double bedroom. NEIAS will not assign roommates. Housing on campus will be in traditional basic dormitory rooms. Shared restrooms with multiple bathroom and shower stalls will be located on each hallway or within each suite of bedrooms. There are a limited number of rooms available on campus, which will be assigned by processed application date. Participants may reside on campus, or commute from a local hotel or from home. If you would be more comfortable with the kind of privacy or amenities a hotel room provides, we encourage you to make alternate arrangements. There are numerous hotel options in the area, and many have offered group rates for NEIAS participants. Click here for hotel information.

Special Accommodations for Participants with Disabilities

The New England Institute of Addiction Studies is committed to providing accommodations so students with disabilities can participate in the our Summer School program. Sign Language Interpreters and Assistive Listening Devices or other accommodations are available on request. The program site has wheelchair accessible space available, including a limited number of ADA accessible residence hall rooms. Please note your accommodation requests, such as ASL interpreter, accessible rooms, etc. on the online registration form.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you require a Sign Language Interpreter or CART service, your application must be received at the NEIAS office by April 17, 2015 so the appropriate arrangements can be made.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Information

Email Denise Adams at for sponsor and exhibit information for the England School of Addiction Studies & New England School of Prevention Studies.

To register: 

Click here to register online!

Registration Deadline

  • Summer School registration deadline – May 15, 2015 (After that date, a $25 late fee will apply to all registrations. After May 30, late registrations for commuters only will be accepted.)
  • Special Accommodation Deadline – April 17, 2015 so appropriate arrangements (interpreters, etc.) can be made


Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellations received in writing by May 22 are fully refunded except for a $20 application processing fee. Written cancellations may be emailed to or faxed to 207-621-6210. SPECIAL NOTE TO AGENCIES PAYING TUITION: Registrations secured by purchase order or agency authorization letter will be liable for the cancellation and refund policy.
  • No refunds after May 22. (Although agencies may replace attendees with another staff member during that time period).

Grievance Procedure 

The New England Institute of Addiction Studies is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with continuing education ethics, as required by organizations that provide its professional certifications.

Those encountering programmatic or administrative issues on site or during program preparation are urged to contact NEIAS staff immediately, so their issues may be addressed as proactively as possible during the program.

Participants with specific complaints about any aspect of program administration outcomes, including payments, refunds, contact hours, or other issues, are asked to submit their grievance to Denise Adams, Administrative Director, at or 207-621-2549. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the administrative director may request review and response from the board of director leadership. Responses may include refund, acknowledgment, apology, or other appropriate measures.

Registration Substitutions

Written substitutions may be e-mailed to or faxed (207-621-6210). Please clearly state who is replacing whom. The substitute is required to send a completed Summer School application to the New England Institute at the time a written substitution is being submitted. Substitutes wishing to replace scholarship recipients MUST check with their scholarship funding source.

Payment Policy and Deposit

Payment, or payment authorization is due at the time of registration in the form of a credit card, check or money order. We also accept purchase orders and letters authorized by your agency/company. The registration form must indicate complete payment information about how the remaining balance will be paid (credit card authorization, agency purchase order, or agency letter authorizing billing). NOTE: This also applies to people seeking scholarship support. Most scholarships pay only partial school tuition and we MUST have payment information to process your school application.


Checks may be made out to NEIAS and mailed to: NEIAS, PO Box 742, Augusta, ME 04332. Please be sure your name and a reference to Summer School is on the check. (PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR MAILING ADDRESS HAS CHANGED SINCE 2014.)


Purchase orders or agency letters authorizing billing may be sent to, faxed to 207-621-6210, or NEIAS, PO Box 742., Augusta, ME 04332. Please be sure your name and a reference to Summer School is on the purchase order. (PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR MAILING ADDRESS HAS CHANGED SINCE 2014.)

Click here to register online!

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