Mayor Gary Christenson and Police Chief Kevin Molis recently thanked and congratulated graduates who completed a Connecticut Center for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Coach Academy despite the COVID pandemic. This is the second online training program in six months. Malden Board of Health Addiction Recovery Resource Specialist Paul Hammersley and Recovery Coaches Dawna Aiello and Richie Evans organized the effort that was sponsored by Malden’s Board of Health through a grant from RIZE Massachusetts.
Conducted fully remotely, following two nights of interviews 20 participants were selected to participate in the 30-hour training program that took place over four days and included advocacy, mentoring/education, mental health, ethical considerations, cultural competencies, wellness/recovery and motivational training. Ginger Ross, Nicole O’Brien and Alex Fidalgo conducted the training.