September 25, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Bronx Community College $672,000 for a new Behavioral Health Opportunities Program (BHOP). The goal of the four-year initiative is to increase the number of paraprofessionals entering jobs in community and behavioral health in the Bronx.
The grant will fund 30 students a year, preparing them for entry-level positions at behavioral health service providers in underserved areas. It will include a Community Health Worker curriculum, internships, career guidance, job-readiness training, job placement and support. Those who complete BHOP will be ready for New York State certification and can continue their studies toward a BCC Associate in Science degree in Public Health.
Led by the Bronx Community College Division of Workforce Development and Continuing Education and BCC’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the BHOP project team includes Acacia Network, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Providers of NYS, Bronx Community Health Network, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Health People, Morris Heights Health Center and 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds.
“We are excited to launch this new health care training program,” explained Kenneth Adams, Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. “Working with our partners, BCC is poised to meet the growing demand for professionals in this field.”