CCB's Medication Assisted Treatment Expertise

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Connecticut Certification Board, Inc.

February 4, 2015

In addition to the workforce development role we play in Connecticut, including credentialing, testing and training, the CCB has become a sought after entity for consultation, support and expertise on a national level as well. We make sure that the quality and preparation of the addictions workforce here in Connecticut is recognized by lawmakers, policy makers as well as by our IC&RC affiliates in the United States and abroad. Some of the work that we have done that is directly related to standards and credentialing include serving on the Co-Occurring Disorders and finance committees at the IC&RC, serving as a subject matter expert and item writer for IC&RC exams, and being appointed to the IC&RC negotiating team in collaboration talks with NAADAC.

Our expertise in Medication Assisted Treatment, the strong affiliation with Slingshot Solutions in Washington, D.C. and the successful service system in the state, has also opened many doors for the CCB to drive the discussion about developing a competent and skilled workforce to assist the alarming number of people needing treatment for opioid use disorders. To that end, Executive Director Jeffrey Quamme will serve as an outside reviewer of the yet-to-be-released 2015 American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) practice guidelines. As both ASAM and the CCB were asked to review and support Senate Bill 2645, the TREAT Act, sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey, the pairing made perfect sense. Finally, summer meetings with leadership of the Office of Science Policy at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and that of the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy helped drive an increase of nearly $20 million into MAT specific projects in the new proposed budget, released February 2, 2015. As one Washington insider has stated about our participation, the CCB was “a strong voice in a talented chorus” regarding workforce needs and budget discussions.

We are proud to represent all of our certified professionals on this level. We may be a small state in number, but important people in our field notice what we do. Thank you for all of your hard work.

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