Illinois Offers Funding for Training and Certification of Substance Use Counselors

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A new partnership between the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Certification Board (ICB) is removing barriers for individuals who want to become certified to help people struggling with substance use disorders. This partnership will address the ongoing behavioral health workforce shortage and continue to sustain a recovery-oriented system of care for individuals and families across Illinois affected by substance use disorder. The CADC Workforce Expansion Program is a new initiative to support individuals seeking their Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential in Illinois. Individuals currently enrolled in an ICB Accredited Training Program wishing to enter Illinois’ substance use services field can receive tuition payments, scholarships, internship stipends, and certification-related payments to obtain their CADC. Substance use disorder affects more than 1.5 million Illinoisans annually and statistics show that having a resource like a CADC available significantly increases the chances of recovery. The CADC Workforce Expansion Program also offers assistance with job placement, credential renewal, continuing education, and other incentives to reduce barriers to education and workforce participation. For more information on becoming a CADC and the funding support available, visit

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