Feb. 12th Information Session: UNF & CareerStep Partnering to Provide On-line Training Courses for Careers in Healthcare

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Florida Hospital Trains ‘Peer Recovery Specialists’ to Steer Opioid Users Toward Treatment

St. Vincent, however, is testing out a new approach by placing what it calls “peer recovery specialists” in its ED to help intervene in the cycle of substance use disorders. Now, when a patient shows up for overdose treatment, these former drug users — who are employed by the hospital and have received special education and training — intervene and steer them toward treatment, Gilberstadt says. Those specialists will be able to “speak in a language and at a level that overdose patients relate to,” he says. The hospital is now laying the groundwork for this new 12-month pilot program, with plans to launch in October. They’ve received a $1.5 million grant from the city of Jacksonville that will allow them to hire peer-recovery specialists, behavioral health counselors and statisticians to track data on the endeavor, and to purchase a supply of the overdose reversal drug Narcan.

High School Seniors Get Inspired During Summer Internship

Every summer, Brooks Rehabilitation partners with the Duval County Public School system to offer nine-week internships to students who are interested in a career in rehabilitation or therapy. High school seniors are offered an opportunity to gain knowledge and real world experience in an area of interest.