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Hudson Valley Chemical Dependency Counseling Graduates Will Receive CASAC Trainee Certification

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 13, 2001

Beginning with the fall 2001 semester, students at Hudson Valley Community College will be eligible for CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) Trainee Certification upon graduation from the Chemical Dependency Counseling Program. The CASAC Trainee is a new designation offered by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services as part of its efforts to recruit entry-level professionals to the addictions field. Previous graduates of HVCC's Chemical Dependency Counseling Program may also qualify.

The CASAC Trainee certificate demonstrates that an individual has satisfied a specific portion of the overall requirements to become credentialed. In addition, once the Chemical Dependence Regulations become effective, CASAC Trainees may be counted toward the Qualified Health Professional (QHP) staffing requirement in specific OASAS-licensed chemical dependence programs (at least one QHP at the program must be a CASAC and at least one QHP must be qualified in a discipline other than alcoholism and substance abuse counseling). The CASAC Trainee certification will not authorize an individual to be considered a QHP for any purpose other than that stated above.

Associate Commissioner Neil C. Grogin commented, "The CASAC Trainee certification provides students with a bridge to a career in the addictions field."

Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDC) students from Hudson Valley Community College's Human Services Department have an excellent reputation in the treatment community. A large number of Hudson Valley graduates are employed as counselors in local alcoholism and drug treatment programs and, in fact, some are field placement officers for CDC students. The employment picture is very positive for Chemical Dependency Counseling graduates.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning and workforce training.