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According to Healthy People 2020, an estimated 13 million people in the United States have a serious debilitating mental illness in any given year. In Miami Dade County in particular, risk factors such as substance and alcohol abuse are on par with the national average and thus, speaks to the need to treat populations that either have or are at risk of developing behavioral health disorders. Outpatient behavioral health care is provided by a number of behavioral health facilities through licensed staff including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health practitioners. At the same time, these facilities employ certified and non-certified behavioral health technicians who work closely with such licensed professionals by providing clinical support services to adults and children who are receiving substance abuse or mental health services in residential programs, in-patient settings or community-based programs.
 
In response to the growing population in South Florida who are at risk of developing behavioral health disorders, Miami Dade College-Medical Campus is pleased to announce that we have partnered with various agencies including Citrus Health Network, Behavioral Science Research Institute, University of Miami, South Florida Behavioral Health Network, ConnectFamilias and others to provide Behavioral Health Technician training for in program students and new enrollees. Project Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training is supported through grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Through this 32-hour program, participants gain knowledge in various domains related to the behavioral health technician profession, including clinical competence, documentation and patient confidentiality, maintaining client and personal safety, and ethical and professional responsibilities. The program also prepares individuals for the statewide examination administered by the Florida Certification Board, thus allowing participants to earn a new credential and complete a fast track to a new career.
 
Training will begin in Spring 2015 through Miami Dade College School of Continuing Education and Professional Development at the Medical Campus. Full scholarships are available for those who qualify.