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Addictive disorders have an immeasurable impact on our society. Our nation’s jails and prisons are flooded with individuals struggling with addiction. The child welfare system is required to address issues of addiction, and thousands of children are removed from the custody of parents struggling to sustain their own recovery. There is a national crisis in the field of addiction prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. Current estimates state that only 11% of individuals whose substance use would meet the addiction diagnosis criteria are able to access treatment. Developing a skilled and stable behavioral health workforce is clearly a priority for the nation, and close to home for all of us in New England.

The New England Institute of Addiction Studies is a regional leader in the development of sound behavioral health policy, the implementation of evidence-based practice models, recruitment efforts to increase individuals’ access to qualified professionals, and skill-based competency development for those individuals focused on the prevention, intervention, treatment and long-term recovery from addictive disorders.

The signature programming of the Institute, annual intensive continuing education events, supports workforce development through competency development for professionals and volunteers who work to assist individuals with addiction to reach and maintain recovery. Our efforts provide the education necessary to earn counseling credentials and certification in prevention or recovery support. Our education reach also extends to include our justice partners, education partners, faith-based communities, healthcare professionals, mental health clinicians, and other social service partners.

Building on a rich history of service to the addiction community, NEIAS has been in existence over 45 years. The Institute is the primary organization through which the State Alcohol and Drug Agencies develop and deliver regional educational events. It maintains administrative offices in Augusta, Maine.

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