Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR), a multi-service addiction treatment facility in Fall River, Mass., has been awarded the prestigious Behavioral Health Pacesetter Award from the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce and the Hitachi Foundation for its Jobs to Careers program.
The program provided 17 entry-level employees with intensive on-site training and college credits through BCC to gain the credentials they need to advance in their careers as Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselors. The experience also provided employees with the confidence many needed to return to school and complete GED’s, Bachelor’s Degrees and even Masters Degrees; and to contribute to the development of new programs at SSTAR.
“We are particularly proud of this award, and our work with the Jobs To Careers program due to of its relevance in the context of the economic crisis. Many participants had low levels of education and basic skill levels which would never have allowed them to advance in the current job market. The program helped them prove they could do anything they put their minds to. The experience taught us valuable lessons we now share with other organizations,” said Nancy Paull, CEO of SSTAR.
The award honors organizations which help promote a business model for supporting front line staff providing vital services to care for people with psychiatric or substance use issues. Organizations utilizing best workforce practices, especially for direct-care workers, were selected.
“The honorees of the 2011 Behavioral Health Pacesetter Award exemplify outstanding and innovative workforce practices in the behavioral healthcare field,” said John Morris, Executive Director, Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce.
SSTAR was one of five organizations selected for this award. The organization was chosen from among a pool of 51 applicants.
Other award winners included: Thresholds, in Chicago, Ill.; Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Hartford Dispensary, in Hartford, Conn.; and Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami, Fla.