Colorado Health Service Corps Scholarship Program for Addiction Counselors
The next scholarship application cycle will be open from March 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019.
You may be eligible to apply to receive a scholarship for Certified Addiction Counselor training.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must:
- Be willing to become CAC I, CAC II, or CAC III certified.
- Apply to the scholarship program.
- Be awarded a scholarship and contracted with the state of Colorado.
- Get accepted into an approved CAC training program within six months of signing a contract.
- Complete your coursework and required hours within 12 months for CAC I or 24 months for CAC II and CAC III.
- Work in an approved Health Professional Shortage Area at an approved site, delivering health care services to underserved patients for 6 months after you receive your certification with clinical hours completed. The practice must generally accept public insurance and offer discounted services to low-income, uninsured patients on a sliding fee scale.
Note: Direct patient care is defined as a medically necessary medical, dental, mental health or behavioral health visit or a qualified preventive health visit. The visit must be a face-to-face/one-on-one encounter between the patient and clinician during which time one or more services are rendered.
The full cost of tuition and fees up to $5,000 per level.
You must agree to work for a term of 6 months at the CHSC approved site and meet the hourly requirements for direct clinical contact during the entire service obligation.
Additional eligibility details:
- You are not required to be licensed at the time of application.
- You are ineligible to apply if you have a conditional license as a result of a disciplinary action by your professional licensing board.
Education and Training Status
- You must provide a letter from an approved training institution of acceptance into a CAC training program within 6 months of your contract execution.
- You have12 months to complete the CAC I training program and the 1,000 required clinical hours.
- You have 24 months to complete the CAC II and CAC III training program and the 2,000 required clinical hours.
- You can have another service obligation while you participate in the scholarship program.
Contact Mary Blake Chandler at 303-692-2831 or firstname.lastname@example.org