Students at Fredonia State University and Jamestown Community College stand ready to help in the labor shortage in the county’s addiction services.
“Chautauqua County is experiencing a critical shortage of manpower in addiction services,” said Michael Clarkson-Hendrix, assistant professor at Fredonia State University, “And the Department of Sociocultural and Forensic Sciences (SUNY Fredonia) wanted to be an essential partner in meeting this need”.
To address the shortage, the Chautauqua Addiction Services Leadership Development Program will recruit three cohorts of highly qualified students in Social Work from SUNY Fredonia and Human Services and Addiction Counseling from Jamestown Community College to boost their skills. interest and commitment to serving in the addiction services of Chautauqua County.
The Chautauqua Addiction Services Leadership Development Program offers interns four educational modules focusing on topics related to building the capacity of the addiction services workforce and facilitates relationships between interns and local organizations in addiction services. The goal of the project is to increase the workforce of addiction services in response to the opioid crisis in Chautauqua County.
During the spring semester there were three SUNY Fredonia interns and a research assistant, all specializing in social work. Interns included Alexa Huntington, Nathanael Ferguson and Rebecca Feldman from Jamestown. The research assistant was Ericka Johnson of Falconer.
Three interns from Jamestown Community College were also part of the spring semester cohort. These students were Angela Anderson and Carrie Tredo from the Addictions Counseling Program, and Denise Hutchison from the Social Services Program.
Clarkson-Hendrix, who received a $ 20,902 grant from Chautauqua County, said the program will run until August 2022. It will evaluate the pilot project through the SUNY Fredonia Program Evaluation Center. Clarkson-Hendrix, the Chautauqua Addiction Services Leadership Development Program, and the SUNY Fredonia Program Assessment Center hope to build on the pilot with future price proposals in the development of the workforce. addiction services.