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Expansion of Pilot Program: Statewide Initiative to Train Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors

Grants to New Jersey IHEs and Nonprofits for Collaborative
Programs to Train Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselors

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD)

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10/20/17 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $6,000 per trainee to New Jersey IHEs to partner with nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations to train qualified drug and alcohol counselors. This program seeks to address the critical need for trained, prepared, and qualified counselors available to help individuals suffering from drug addiction.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of substance abuse and behavioral counselors is projected to grow 22% from 2014 to 2024. This growth is much faster than the average for all occupations. Trained counselors are a critical, front line element of a broader strategy to combat addiction.

Applicant New Jersey colleges or universities will lead a multi-college partnership to deliver CADC training statewide with a minimum of two higher education partners. The colleges will deliver this training to individuals who are current employees of nonprofit organizations serving at-risk populations as well as individuals who are unemployed and committed to pursuing a career in this field.

A dislocated worker is defined as: β€˜an individual who is unemployed, permanently separated from his or her employment, or laid off and unlikely to return to similar employment due to a substantial reduction in work opportunities in the individual's job classification.’

The training to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor includes 270 hours of related technical instruction and 3100 hours of OJT.

It is expected that 200 individuals will receive training through this investment.

Funds will be used to support both classroom instruction and on-the-job training. The Basic Skills funding can be used to help dislocated or incumbent workers prepare for the related technical instruction and receive college credit. Ideally, training programs to be implemented will be structured as a registered apprenticeship. LWD, however, will consider other program models that will result in an individual earning a CADC credential and securing or retaining employment. Any program funded should result in participants receiving college credit so that individuals can pursue higher level credentials or degrees if they so desire.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182339

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LWD will contribute up to $6,000 per individual to be trained.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
-Public colleges and universities (including community colleges, four-year colleges and universities)
-Independent not-for-profit colleges and universities

Key partners: Community-based and faith-based, nonprofit organizations providing services to vulnerable populations who agree to allow their current employees to receive training and/or agree to interview graduates of the program for available jobs.

The applications must demonstrate that the applicant is prepared and capable of executing a signed agreement with the applicable local Workforce Development Director(s) that details an established method for recruitment and timely eligibility determination of participants. At a minimum, such an agreement would address the parties to the agreement (e.g. Workforce Development Board, Grant Recipient, and One-Stop Operator) and their particular responsibilities. The agreement should define the responsibilities of the parties, clarify their particular roles, establish quantifiable goals and define successful completion.

Qualifications of Applicants to Be Considered for Funding Under the Grant Program:

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate subject matter expertise, experience in engaging employers and experience in delivering education and training within the selected industry.

All grant proposals must be submitted by eligible applicants listed above. The applicant will serve as the legally recognized fiscal agent for the grant project and the single point of contact for LWD. The applicant will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of all aspects of the grant, i.e., project and spending plan; grant project monitoring and reporting; and fiscal management.

All applicants will be evaluated on the basis of quality, comprehensiveness, completeness, accuracy and appropriateness of response to the NGO. Each applicant must designate an individual in the proposal who will serve as the point of contact.

Successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to partner with a wide array of organizations. Each application must identify all partners mentioned above in the application. Required partners include:

1. A minimum of two (2) higher education partners who will deliver training and education throughout the state;
2. Community Based Organizations;
3. Faith Based Organizations; and
4. Nonprofit Organizations.

Statewide capacity: Applicants must demonstrate the capability of providing training throughout the state. Successful applicants will be encouraged to leverage additional resources in support of this effort.

Pre-proposal Conference:

LWD will provide a technical assistance workshop to potential applicants. The workshop will be conducted on October 4 at 10:00 AM at:

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Plaza – 5th Floor Library Conference Room
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

Registrants requiring special accommodations for the technical assistance session should identify their needs at the time of registration.

If you plan to attend the technical assistance workshop, please register online by September 29, 2017.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations whose employees receive training must contribute at least 50% of the cost of training. This can be accomplished in multiple ways including by allowing employees to participate in training during working hours.

LWD will expand this successful pilot statewide through an investment of $1.3 million in state Workforce Development Partnership (WDP) and Supplemental Workforce Funds for Basic Skills (SWFBS) funds that can be awarded for the Fiscal Year 2018 in the following categories:

-WDP Program: Training for dislocated workers: $400,000
-WDP Program: Training for incumbent workers: $800,000
-Supplemental Workforce Funds for Basic Skills: $100,000

All applications must be submitted by no later than 4:00 pm to the address listed below in section G by October 20. Postmarks are not acceptable evidence of timely submission; receipt by the due date and time is required.

All applications are subject to a Department panel review and final approval by the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Within 20 business days following the panel review date, applicants will be notified of the status of their application and any requested revisions. Upon completion of all requested revisions and re-submission of completed applications within the required timeframes, applicants will be notified of the final determination of their request within 20 business days.

Key Dates:
-Announcement Date: September 19, 2017
-Technical Assistance October 4, 2017
-Application Deadline: October 20, 2017
-Panel Review (Week Of): October 30, 2017

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the Technical Assistance Workshop here:

Howard Miller

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Attn: Patricia Moran, Ph.D., Assistant Commissioner
Workforce Development & Economic Opportunity
1 John Fitch Plaza
P.O. Box 055 – 7th Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0055

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