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Inside Community Behavioral Health Academy

March 01, 2019

Kylie Veleta hosted Ascend Indiana for a segment of Inside INdiana Business TV. Hoosiers in the grip of substance use disorder are facing a shortage of professionals they can turn to for help. Ascend, alongside Community Behavioral Health at Community Health Network, aims to bridge this gap with the newly-formed Community Behavioral Health Academy. Watch to see how the collaboration could help train the workers needed to battle Indiana’s opioid epidemic.

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Inside Indiana Business

300 Vials Per Minute: The Pace of Progress for Catalent

February 28, 2019

Just 18 months after entering Indiana’s life sciences landscape, Catalent says the “red hot” biologics sector is driving the company’s repeated large investments in Bloomington. Ascend Indiana is working with Catalent and a handful of higher education partners to launch a project that will meet its appetite for workers at the Bloomington facility. “More than capital, people are fundamental to making that growth a success,” says Bernie Clark, vice president of marketing and strategy for biologics and specialty drug delivery at Catalent.

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Collaborative Effort Underway to Groom Behavioral Health Specialists

February 19, 2019

Hiring Hoosiers is a new initiative from RTV6 that works to connect Hoosiers to employment opportunities, career development resources, training programs and educational paths. RTV6’s Marc Mullins covered the Community Behavioral Health Academy as a new model for preparing addictions-trained Licensed Clinical Social Workers to support those suffering from the Indiana opioid crisis. Jason Kloth, President and CEO of Ascend, said, “The program will have a profound impact on what is a public health crisis in our state.”

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Daily Journal

New Program Addresses Shortage of Addiction Specialists

February 18, 2019

Indiana has one of the highest rates of opioid use or dependency in the U.S. To address the shortage of trained behavioral health specialists to treat opioid patients in Indiana, Community Health Network has announced a new partnership with IUPUI, the University of Indianapolis and Ascend Indiana, an organization that brings together industry, higher education and philanthropic leaders. The Daily Journal explains how the Community Behavioral Health Academy graduates will have the potential to treat thousands more people struggling with addiction.

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Program Aims To Increase Addiction Workforce

February 13, 2019

There is an estimated shortfall of 7,000 behavioral health workers in Indiana. WFYI's Jill Sheridan reports on the new Community Behavioral Health Academy, developed with support from Ascend, to streamline the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Counselor. The program will offer scholarships, specialized on-site training, and a path to employment for 15-30 students annually through a partnership between Community Health Network, IU School of Social Work, and University of Indianapolis.

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Press Releases

Independent Colleges of Indiana and Ascend Indiana form strategic alliance to prepare Indiana college students and employers for the state’s changing workforce demands

July 17, 2019

Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), the state’s association of 30 private non-profit colleges and universities, and Ascend Indiana are announcing the formation of a strategic alliance that will enhance connections between students and employers in order to meet the changing demands in the Indiana labor market.

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New program will increase the number of Licensed Clinical Social Workers to meet the growing need for treatment as Indiana’s opioid epidemic persists

February 13, 2019

As the Indiana opioid crisis continues, there is a shortage of trained behavioral health professionals to ensure those suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) receive treatment. To help address this gap, Community Health Network is launching a program that will prepare more licensed clinical social workers to provide treatment in central Indiana, while also improving the quality of the training they receive to better serve patients. The program provides a model that can be replicated in communities across the state.

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Roche Diagnostics and University of Indianapolis partner with Ascend Indiana to create the Roche Academy

August 30, 2018

Roche Diagnostics and the University of Indianapolis are partnering to create a custom talent pipeline for biomedical equipment technicians through the newly created Roche Academy. The partnership, which was co-developed with Ascend Indiana, provides a dedicated source of talent for Roche and aligns University of Indianapolis' curricula with current industry demands. Students successfully completing the program will receive financial and educational incentives, including a job offer from Roche upon graduation.

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Ascend Indiana receives Lilly Endowment, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust funding to grow strategic talent pipelines

June 22, 2018

Ascend Indiana announces an additional $2.4 million in funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to advance efforts to connect talent to Indiana employers. This funding will be used to bring together companies and higher education institutions to create custom talent pipelines, and to advance the Ascend Network, the cloud-based platform that combines algorithms with human interaction to match early-in-career talent to jobs and internships. 

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New talent pipeline will help address Indiana's significant unmet need for opioid addiction treatment

April 13, 2017

As Indiana’s opioid epidemic surges, our state faces a massive shortage of trained specialists who can help those struggling to overcome heroin and prescription drug addiction. To fill this gap and help put more Hoosiers on a path to recovery, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation today announced a grant to develop a unique model for training licensed clinical social workers who specialize in substance abuse counseling.

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