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As a Jointly Accredited Organization, NetCE is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors accepts courses from any provider who is ASWB approved.
Continuing Education Requirement
The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers accepts NetCE courses.
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× suicide prevention options.
CSW, BSW, and SW are required 30 hours every two years, all of which may be completed online.*
- A minimum of 3 hours must be in ethics every two years;
- A minimum of 2 hours (3 hours at initial licensure) must be in approved child abuse recognition and reporting every two years.
- A minimum of 1 hour must be in suicide prevention every two years.
* NetCE courses are considered online.
** NetCE course on child abuse recognition and reporting is approved for both initial licensure and/or license renewal.
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Please contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors at (717) 783-1389, or refer to https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/SocialWorkersMarriageanFamilyTherapistsandProfessionalCounselors/Pages/default.aspx for additional information regarding your continuing education.
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Continuing Education (CE) for Pennsylvania Social Workers
Attention : Several states and disciplines have relaxed requirements regarding live / in person Continuing Education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with your board to see the most current requirements.
Pennsylvania social workers (LSW, LCSW) are required to earn:
- 30 hours of continuing education (CE) every 2 years, including 3 hours in ethics, at least 1 hour of CE on suicide assessment and treatment, and 2 hours in child abuse recognition and reporting (athealth.com does NOT offer an approved course on child abuse recognition and reporting)
- 20 of the required CE hours can be in home study or online
- Renewal date: February 28, odd-numbered years
The Pennsylvania State Board accepts programs offered by ASWB approved sponsors.
At Health, LLC, Provider #1707, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. At Health, LLC, maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/3/2023-5/3/2026.
Pennsylvania social workers can earn twenty (20) of their CE credits online through athealth.com
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Our course, Suicide Assessment and Intervention , meets the PA requirement for CE on suicide assessment and treatment.
Act 31 Child Abuse: All health-related licensees applying for the renewal of a license issued by the Board shall be required to complete at least 2 hours of Board approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements. The reporting for this mandatory training program differs from the reporting for ordinary continuing education. Currently, athealth.com does not have a course that meets this 2-credit requirement. For additional information, see PA Act 31 FAQs .
State laws can change. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. To view the PA continuing education regulations, click the button below.
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Free State Social Work is approved as a continuing education provider by the Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Program (provider #1235) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (provider #6605). We are also approved by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (provider 10-001) and the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CE Provider # 50-13565).
Does the Pennsylvania Board accept courses from ASWB-approved continuing education providers?
How many hours can i earn with on-line ce courses.
All 30 clock hours can be completed on-line. The Board no longer has a live CE requirement.
We are not an approved provider for the Act 31 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting requirement. The list of approved providers can be found here .
Suicide Prevention Continuing Education: https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/SocialWorkersMarriageanFamilyTherapistsandProfessionalCounselors/Documents/Special%20Notices/SW%20-%20Suicide%20Prevention%20Continuing%20Education%20-%20Notice.pdf
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All of our courses are $5.99 per credit hour. We also offer an unlimited package. One year of unlimited courses is $74.99 and two years of unlimited courses are $124.99 . Click here for more information about how to get started or you can browse our complete course catalog .
Where Can I Review Pennsylvania Social Work Continuing Education Requirements?
You can review Pennsylvania social work continuing education requirements at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/SocialWorkersMarriageanFamilyTherapistsandProfessionalCounselors/Pages/Social-Worker-Licensure-Requirements-Snapshot.aspx.
You can also contact the board at: State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors PO Box 2649 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-2649 717-783-1389
Please remember that we have done our best to research your state’s licensing guidelines. Licensing regulations can change frequently including guidelines about how many hours you can earn on-line. Most jurisdictions require a certain number of hours in ethics and other areas of practice. The final authority for approving any continuing education activity rests with your state board. Even those states that endorse the ACE program may have exceptions in terms of the courses that they will accept. It is ultimately your responsibility to understand the licensing regulations in your state.
Does Free State Social Work offer Pennsylvania Social Work CEUs? Trainings? Contact Hours? Credit Hours?
Different jurisdictions have different definitions. For some jurisdictions, the term CEU consists of ten credit hours. At Free State Social Work, we offer continuing education credit hours and we estimate that each credit hour will require one hour of reading.
At Free State Social Work, we offer great online continuing education for social workers, counselors, and therapists.
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Social work continuing education credit programs.
OpenSP2 offers licensed social workers continuing education credit hours for both online and face-to-face training programs. Participants who complete courses and programs receive a certificate that details total continuing education credit hours earned, program delivery mode, and any other required accreditation documentation. Participants will be required to submit these along with other documentation required by their state licensure board to receive credit for work completed.
OpenSP2 is a program of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, an accredited Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) institution. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and many other states will accept continuing education credits earned from programs offered by CSWE accredited institutions, though learners should check with their states of licensure to ensure compliance. All certificates of completion awarded by OpenSP2 will note our CSWE accreditation.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, 1733 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: June 17, 2022 – June 17, 2023.
OpenSP2 offers several programs approved by the National Association of Social Workers for its national continuing education program .
OpenSP2 offers several programs approved by the National Association of Social Workers for its national continuing education program . These NASW-approved courses are noted above. The NASW website outlines which states have approved the use of NASW continued education credits and includes an FAQ with additional details.
- Pennsylvania – OpenSP2 courses are accepted for Pennsylvania social work continuing education clock hours toward the biennial renewal of a social worker’s license as defined by the Pennsylvania Code sections 47.31-36 .
- New York – The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers # SW-0552.
OpenSP2 programs don’t follow tuition guidelines established for credit-bearing graduate courses, and each offering is uniquely priced. Visit the dedicated page for each course or program to learn more about tuition and fees. Prices on many courses are discounted for alumni and current SP2 students: to learn more about discounted tuition, current students should contact their program director and alumni should email SP2 alumni relations .
For prospective students that are interested in this continuing education course, requests for reasonable accommodation must be accompanied by documentation of disability which will help us evaluate the limitations of the disability and determine an appropriate reasonable accommodation. Submit requests and documentation to the Program Director, email@example.com at least two weeks prior to the class start date, so that we can review and evaluate the request, and arrange for a reasonable accommodation that would be appropriate.
OpenSP2 and the School of Social Policy & Practice seek to create an educational environment that supports all types of learners. If you have concerns related to a CE based course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Emails are confidential and will be reviewed by the Director of Instructional Design and Education Technology in consultation with the consulting social worker. The Director of Instructional Design and Education Technology will email a reply to the learner within 24 hours to solicit additional information and ensure all concerns are documented. A complete review of concerns will be examined, and a resolution will be proposed by the Director of Instructional Design and Education Technology, who will have the final decision. For example, complaints about course content or instructors will be used for course improvement and evaluation. Complaints regarding certificates may elicit the dissemination of a new certificate with corrected information. Please note: this policy is limited to social-work CE based programming. Please see specific program pages for grievance concerns.
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Refund requests for non-credit programs must be made in writing appropriate program leadership; see the specific program page for contact information. Refund requests for on-demand programs must be made within 14 days of program start date, and only if analytics indicate that the student has engaged with less than 25% of course materials. Cancellation or refund requests for live, calendar-based programs must be made at least 14 days in advance of the start date. OpenSP2 may offer a transfer option to individuals who cancel beyond the limits of this policy. Individual programs and programs from affiliated SP2 centers set final program cancellation and refund policies; participants should check policies prior to registration. OpenSP2 is a division of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice which reserves the right to change, alter, and adjust this policy. OpenSP2 reserves the right to cancel programs for low enrollment or other extenuating circumstances prior to the start of the program. If SP2 cancels a program, participants will receive a full refund.
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Social Work Continuing Education and License Renewal Requirements for Pennsylvania
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- September 10, 2023
So, you’ve chosen the noble path of Social Work in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. Kudos to you! But wait, there’s more to it than just the day-to-day grind.
Keeping up with the ever-evolving world of Social Work means staying updated with continuing education and, of course, ensuring that your license is always in tip-top shape.
But fear not! We’ve got the lowdown on everything you need to know about Social Work Continuing Education and License Renewal Requirements for Pennsylvania.
Did you know? Agents of Change Continuing Education offers Unlimited Access to 150+ CE courses for one low annual fee to meet Pennsylvania’s requirements for Continuing Education credits.
We’ve helped thousands of Social Workers with Continuing Education, learn more here about Agents of Change and claim your free CEUs.
1) The Basics of Social Work Continuing Education and License Renewal in Pennsylvania
Social Work is a dynamic field, and staying updated is not just a requirement but a necessity. Pennsylvania, being the forward-thinking state it is, has set some standards in place.
How Many Credits Do I Need?
- LBSW & LSW: If you’re an LBSW (Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker) or an LSW (Licensed Social Worker), you’ll need 30 continuing education credits every two years.
- LCSW: For those who’ve climbed up to the LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) level, the same 30 credits every two years apply.
What Kind of Courses Count?
Pennsylvania is pretty flexible when it comes to the type of courses you can take. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Live workshops, seminars, or conferences
- University or college courses related to Social Work
- Online courses (but hey, make sure they’re accredited!)
Where Can I Find These Courses?
There are many resources available! Some top-notch ones include:
- Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers
- NASW-PA Chapter
- Accredited universities and colleges in Pennsylvania
- Agents of Change Continuing Education offers Unlimited Access to 150+ CE courses for one low annual fee to meet your state’s requirements for Continuing Education credits.
2) License Renewal: The When and How
Alright, you’ve got your credits. Now, what about that license renewal?
Key Dates to Remember
- Renewal Deadline: Every two years, by February 28th. Mark it on your calendar, set a reminder, do whatever it takes!
- Grace Period: There’s a 90-day grace period after the deadline. But, let’s be real, who wants to rely on grace when you can be punctual?
The Renewal Process
- Log into the Pennsylvania Licensing System .
- Complete the renewal application.
- Pay the renewal fee (yeah, it’s a bummer, but it’s part of the game).
- Submit proof of your continuing education credits.
Agents of Change Continuing Education also offers Unlimited Access to 150+ Online Social Work ACE-approved courses for one low annual fee. We’ve helped thousands of Social Workers with Continuing Education, learn more here about Agents of Change.
3) Key Resources for Pennsylvania Social Workers
Navigating the maze of continuing education and license renewal can be a tad overwhelming. Here’s a handy list of essential resources tailored for Pennsylvania Social Workers. Bookmark these, and you’ll be golden!
- What’s it about? This is your go-to for all official guidelines, requirements, and updates related to Social Work in Pennsylvania.
- Visit the website
- What’s it about? The National Association of Social Workers’ Pennsylvania chapter offers helpful information, including workshops, conferences, and online courses.
- Check out their offerings
- What’s it about? Renew your license, check its status, or get information on fees.
- Hop over to PALS
- What’s it about? Given that child abuse recognition and reporting is a mandatory topic for continuing education, this portal provides valuable training resources.
- Dive into the portal
- What’s it about? Another great resource for training and education related to child welfare.
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- What’s it about? A comprehensive list of approved providers for continuing education in Pennsylvania.
- Find a provider
4) FAQs – Social Work Continuing Education and Renewal Requirements in Pennsylvania
Q: I’ve heard there are specific topics or subjects I need to cover in my continuing education credits. Is that true?
A: Absolutely! Pennsylvania requires that out of your 30 continuing education credits, at least 3 credits must be in ethics, and 2 credits in child abuse recognition and reporting for every renewal cycle. It’s crucial to ensure that your courses cover these topics to meet the state’s requirements.
ACE-approved courses like those offered by Agents of Change are accepted by Pennsylvania.
Q: I’ve been practicing Social Work in another state and recently moved to Pennsylvania. Can I transfer my continuing education credits?
A: Welcome to Pennsylvania! When it comes to transferring credits, Pennsylvania does recognize out-of-state credits as long as the courses meet the state’s criteria and the other state’s requirements are equivalent or exceed Pennsylvania’s. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check with the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers to ensure your credits are valid.
Need to close a credit gap quickly? Agents of Change Continuing Education offers Unlimited Access to 150+ Online Social Work ACE-approved courses that are valid in Pennsylvania.
Q: I’m considering taking a break from my Social Work practice for personal reasons. How does this affect my license and continuing education?
A: Life happens! If you decide to take a break, your license can go into an “inactive” status. While your license is inactive, you’re exempt from the continuing education requirements.
However, when you decide to return to practice, you’ll need to reactivate your license, which will require you to meet the continuing education requirements for the period your license was inactive.
Navigating the world of Social Work Continuing Education and license renewal requirements for Pennsylvania might seem daunting, but with a bit of preparation and a sprinkle of dedication, it’s a breeze!
So, gear up, stay informed, and keep making a difference in the Keystone State!
Learn more about Agents of Change Continuing Education. We’ve helped thousands of Social Workers with their Continuing Education and want you to be next!
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About the Instructor, Meagan Mitchell: Meagan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing Continuing Education for Social Workers for more than 8 years. From all of this experience helping others pass their exams, she created Agents of Change Continuing Education to help Social Workers stay up-to-date on the latest trends, research, and techniques.
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ACE: Approved Continuing Education
ACE approval demonstrates that a provider or course has been rigorously reviewed and found to offer quality continuing education according to best practices.
ASWB’s Approved Continuing Education program has been designed to review and approve high-quality CE providers and courses, whether they are delivered in person or via distance learning. This approval means that social work continuing education programs are generally acceptable to social work regulatory boards across the United States and Canada.
Regardless of whether a CE provider pursues individual course approval or provider approval, programs must adhere to the ACE standards outlined in the ACE Handbook.
States and provinces that accept ACE
The ASWB Approved Continuing Education program approves continuing education providers and individual programs. When social workers choose courses created and offered by ACE providers or individual courses approved by ACE, they can trust they will receive high-quality content accepted by most U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions to meet licensure renewal requirements.
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With options for individual courses, conferences, or entire CE catalogs, top-notch social work continuing education providers benefit from ACE approval.
- Compare course approval and provider approval
- Questions? Email ACE.
Three ways to find social work CE credit
- ACE providers Download a list of all approved ACE providers
- Individual course and conference approval Approved individual courses and conferences are listed on our spreadsheet
- Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education ASWB authorizes some Joint Accreditation providers to offer ACE credit to social workers
ACE individual course/conference approval
Individual course/conference approval evaluates individual courses and conference sessions and approves them for licensees to earn continuing education credit.
ACE provider approval
ACE provider approval is optimal for CE providers that offer a large number of courses or programs.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education
ACE collaborates with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education for CE in multiple professions.
- Serves as a mark of distinction recognized by social work licensing boards and social workers
- Is currently recognized by most states and provinces in North America
- Demonstrates that continuing education meets rigorous standards for quality and relevance
- Supports competency in the social work profession
- Allows providers to list and manage courses directly to an online database
- Entitles providers to receive timely information on CE issues and requirements via the Continuing Competence newsletter
Are you eligible to apply to ACE?
- Does your organization have a licensed social worker involved in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of social work continuing education?
- Does your organization have someone with appropriate experience to serve as continuing education director?
- Is your organization able to supply evaluation and documentation of programs?
If you can answer YES to all these questions, then you meet the minimum requirements and are eligible to apply to ACE.
Please check out these documents that have been prepared to help you:
- Guidelines for students to pursue their LSW
- Rules and Regulations for those Obtaining the LCSW
- Rules and Regulations for Supervisors of those Obtaining the LCSW
- FAQs About the LSW/LCSW
- How to Ensure that Clinical Supervision Will Count in Both PA & NJ
License renewal information: Renewal Cycle: March 1st through February 28th (Odd year)
The renewal fee for the biennial cycle is $95.00.
Continuing Education Requirements – Proof of completing 30 credit hours of continuing education in programs approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Social Work Examiners, of which at least 1 credit in suicide prevention, 3 credits in ethics, and 3 credits mandatory reporting for child abuse are required for renewal.
Licensure | Certifications | State Social Work Boards The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work The site for information about the Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
The Association of Social Work Boards The site for information about clinical social work licensure, specific to any particular state.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors
The Delaware Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners
The New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners
Social Work Examination Services The site for information about social work licenses, a directory of state regulatory boards, and other useful information.
Supervision Forms These forms were developed to document your LCSW supervision process and provide your clients with informed consent for supervision.
Click here for Confidential release of information form Click here for Case Consultation form Click here for Supervisor Evaluation Consultation form Click here for Supervision Tracking Sheet
LCSW Supervision Regulations in New Jersey Click here for a chart that compares the LCSW Supervision Regulations in PA and NJ.
PA State Board Preapproved Providers of Continuing Education Click here for a list of PA State Board Preapproved Providers of Continuing Education
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Over 80,000 Americans died of opioid-related overdose in 2021 and efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment continue. Medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) increase retention in treatment and reduce illicit opioid use. Two of the medications, buprenorphine and methadone, have been shown to reduce risk of overdose death by as much as 50%. During this session, the speakers will describe how medications for opioid use disorder work and the evidence behind them to ensure clinicians have sufficient knowledge to talk to patients about the available options. The speakers will then describe and dispel common myths to ensure that clinicians can directly address misinformation that may come up in clinical environments. To conclude, evidence-based behavioral health and peer support services will be reviewed.
CCBHC-E NTTAC has partnered with ASAM to provide a 6-session CCBHC ECHO on substance use. This 1.5-hour, virtual ECHO series offers a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of actual patient cases submitted by attendees. Participants can look forward to receiving guidance and feedback from a diverse panel of expert faculty. This program is tailored for professionals new to the field of addiction treatment, providing them with the means to enhance their knowledge, skills, and confidence. This introductory program is specifically designed for CCBHC grant recipients, including social workers, therapists, and additional clinical team members involved in patient care. Register for each session today!
Each ECHO session includes:
- A 30-minute presentation focused on a selected topic related to addiction.
- Two 20-minute interactive case discussions led by a team of interdisciplinary addiction experts.
- The opportunity to earn up to 1.5 continuing education (CE) credits for each session
This introductory program is specifically designed for CCBHC grant recipients, including social workers, therapists, and additional clinical team members involved in patient care.
Upon completion, learners will be able to:
- List the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
- Describe the evidence base for the use of medication for opioid use disorder.
- Gain comfort in dispelling myths about the use of medication for opioid use disorder.
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Angela L. Colistra
Phd, lpc, caadc, ccs.
Dr. Angela Colistra has been working with individuals managing co-occurring disorders, lending her expertise to therapy, medical training, clinical supervision, education, and research. She is the director of Behavioral Sciences and Associate Medical Director of Community and Practice-Based research for the Department of Family Medicine. She is a faculty with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). A member of the Pennsylvania Advisory Council for Substance Use, offering guidance to the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Angie is the owner of Aligned Consulting and Coaching LLC where she provides addiction and BH consulting and coaching. Dr. Colistra is working on her first textbook: Equipping the Interdisciplinary Workforce to Treat Addiction and Behavioral Health: Reducing the Stigma with Springer due out in November of 2024. As a mother of two boys, she is dedicated to advancing addiction and behavioral health prevention and education; hailing from West Virginia this work is a personal and professional calling.
No relevant financial disclosures
Elizabeth M. Salisbury-Afshar
Md, mph, faafp, facpm, dfasam.
Dr.Salisbury-Afshar is an Associate Professor at the University ofWisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on improving the health and wellbeing ofpeople who use drugs and alcohol. She is a physician who is board-certified inaddiction medicine, family medicine, and preventive medicine/general publichealth, and her expertise lies at the intersection of these fields. Her workincludes patient care, teaching, public health practice, and research relatedto implementation and evaluation of addiction treatment and harm reductionprograms. Dr. Salisbury-Afshar serves as the Program Director of the PreventiveMedicine Residency and as the Medical Director of Harm Reduction Services forthe Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health. She has overfourteen years of experience working clinically in federally qualified healthcenters. Her current clinical work includes serving as Medical Directorof a low barrier clinic for people who use drugs and as a physician on theaddiction medicine consult team at UW Hospital. She is also core faculty in theUW Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program.
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Lpc, ladc, cprss.
Jennifer has worked as an LPC and LADC for GRAND Mental Health and ARC for 13 years. She is a licensing supervisor for both LPC and LADC. Early in her career she carried a caseload of adults and children in behavioral health, substance abuse and cooccurring settings. Jennifer worked as a program administrator for GRAND in adult & children’s behavioral health, substance abuse and co-occurring services prior to, during transition of and after GRAND became a CCBHC. Jennifer was promoted to Clinical Compliance Director and now currently serves GRAND as the Addiction Recovery Center Director. Before working at GRAND, Jennifer worked at Resonance Center for Women in Tulsa, OK as an addictions counselor. Jennifer graduated from Oklahoma State University with her masters in Community Counseling and holds a bachelor’s in human development with a focus on Children & Family Services.
Prior to joining Ascension RS, Brandon served as the Vice President for Recovery and Advocacy Programs for Mental Health America Indiana and the Director of Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, which advocates for recovery through public policy and education. Brandon has consulted throughout the country on both policy and recovery infrastructure. His effort around increasing access to medications for opioid use disorder has been acknowledged widely having contributed to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s publication on this topic and Georgetown Law O’Neill Institute’s toolkit on MOUD in corrections.
Brandon has been a consultant for SAMHSA’s Opioid Response Network, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and is a contributor to Harvard’s Law Blog. He served as a trusted advisor to the National Judicial Opioid Task Force, on the leader’s council for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and worked with the White House for the Office of National Drug Control Policy to create model law. Brandon graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Addictions Counseling from Indiana Weslyn University and lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his family.
In 2023, Brandon received the Sagamore of the Wabash award which is one of the highest honors in the State of Indiana given by the Governor. The title is awarded to those who have made a significant impact to Indiana life: Past recipients have included astronauts (Gus Grissom), athletes (Michael Brinegar, Ray LeBlanc), comedians (David Letterman), musicians (Willie Nelson), and president (George H. W. Bush).
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