Colorado Health Service Corps Scholarship Program for Addiction Counselors

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The next scholarship application cycle will be open from March 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019.

Basic Eligibility

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.

Approved sites

Award amount

Full-time obligation:

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.

Service obligations

  • You can have another service obligation while you participate in the scholarship program.

Contact Mary Blake Chandler at 303-692-2831 or