Pennsylvania Association of

Community Health Centers

Supporting Pennsylvania's health centers in increasing access to quality primary health care for all

Prevention and Treatment for the Well-Being of Our Patients

Behavioral health and substance use disorder assessments and treatment services are an integral part of whole person care.

Behavioral Health Service

Upcoming Events

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has created a 1-page flier which outlines resources for individuals and their loved ones with substance use disorder (SUD).

Free Online Naloxone Certification

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs have created a free, online training opportunity for those looking to become certified in administering Naloxone, an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose. 

This program provides vital information on the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, details about Pennsylvania Act 139 and key information needed by first responders to administer naloxone. At the end of the training, you will receive a certificate documenting that you are qualified to administer naloxone in an emergency.  Click here to begin the training!

Find Naloxone

Looking for naloxone in your area? Over Dose Free PA has a virtual map that  allows you to find pharmacies in your area that have various forms of naloxone  To access the map click here.

Online Medication Assisted Treatment Waiver Training Opportunities

Physicians Assistants:

In accordance with the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), physician assistants must complete 24 hours of specialized training to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder. The Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) offers online 24 hour training.  The training includes 8 hours of MAT waiver training and an additional 16 hours of training.  There are also a variety of in-person and other training options. Please click here for more information.

(Both the 8-hour MAT Waiver Training and the 16-hour course have been reviewed and approved for AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel.)

The Physician Assistant Education Association also has information and FAQs about MAT Waiver Training.

Certified Recovery Specialists & Other Peer Supports:

The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) is a crucial part of the treatment team when working with individuals who have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). A CRS is trained to help others transition into and through the recovery process and is committed to each individual’s recovery and is willing to share their own experiences with others in need. Is your health center interested in learning more about Certified Recovery Specialists and other peer supports?

Upcoming NAADAC Webinars for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders

The National Association for Addictions Professionals (NAADAC) hosts an ongoing webinar series on a variety of behavioral health and substance use disorder topics. All NAADAC webinars are free for anyone to watch live or download later.

CONCERN: As a NAADAC member, you can get your CE certificate for free. Non-members must pay a fee get a CE certificate.