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April 2011 News

The Argus Career Training Institute (ACT I) held a commencement ceremony on April 15th celebrating the graduation of 64 individuals who had completed their basic education leading to the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor - Trainee (CASAC-T) designation.

ACT I has been in operation since 1992 and provides job training and placement for individuals who ultimately become CASAC-Ts and CASACs.  The program is located in our Argus’ main facility, including a fully equipped and staffed school and substance abuse and mental health clinics, in the East Bronx.  All teachers, instructors and clinical supervisors have appropriate and current NYS licenses and/or certifications.

ACT I provides an average of 100 slots during any “cycle” (last 12 months); approximately 75% of the entrants complete all components.  Participate demographics are: ages: 21 and up; genders: males (60%) and females (40%); special characteristics: histories of substance abuse (85%) and court- or corrections-services involved (90%); ethnicities: African-American 51%, Hispanic 47%, and other 2%.  Since the inception of ACT I, more than 685 individuals have graduated the program and 546 have been placed in jobs; 200 have attained their CASAC-T or CASAC certifications and employment as drug treatment counselors.  Many of Argus’ employees are successful graduates of our (or similar) programs and our demographics attest to our cultural similarity to the residents of the East Harlem and Bronx community districts our clients.

The ACT I includes comprehensive classroom training, supervised internships, and job placements.  The curriculum has been approved by the New York State (NYS) Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) enabling graduates with three years of employment in the field to be eligible to take the examination to become Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC).  ACT I has received evaluations of Excellent in of each the 8 years of its initial existence and has been singled out for special recognition by the U.S. Department of Labor's regional office.