Project FUTRE

Project FUTRE
Families Uplifted Through Recovery Education

Applications for the most recent cohort are currently closed.

Behavioral Health Paraprofessional (BHPP) Education and Apprenticeship Program

Applications for the upcoming cohort will open Summer 2021.

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Note: Due to the Covid-19 crisis, all classroom training activities will be conducted remotely via Zoom for 2021. Experiential shadowing (if in-person) will follow CDC guidelines and protocols setup by partner organizations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This does require mask-wearing, frequent hand washing, staying home if one is feeling sick, etc.

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Goal   

Project FUTRE is designed to enhance and expand behavioral health paraprofessionals’ knowledge, skills, and expertise. It aims to increase the number of behavioral health-related paraprofessionals qualified to provide services to children and families who are impacted by opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD). There are two Levels to complete in Project FUTRE: Level I: Pre-apprenticeship and Level II: Apprenticeship. More details are outlined below.

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Format

Level I Pre-apprenticeship: Consists of 6-months of classroom learning and hands-on experiences at a behavioral health agency or integrated health care provider.
Level II Apprenticeship: Paid, full-time, 12-month placements, working on-site with a behavioral health agency or integrated healthcare provider.

Time Commitment

Level I Pre-apprenticeship: 5-10 hours per week for 6 months, total of 168 hours (144 classroom and 24 professional shadowing hours)
Level II Apprenticeship: 40 hours per week, for 12 months, total of 1856 hours

Financial Support

Level I Pre-apprenticeship ($5,000): Trainees will receive $750 dollars monthly for 6 months from The University of Arizona, as long as Trainees complete the monthly hours and coursework, per Project FUTRE expectations. If the Trainee completes the Pre-apprenticeship, the Trainee will receive a $500 completion bonus from The University of Arizona. Total potential of $5,000 for the 6-month Level I Pre-apprenticeship. Participants will receive a scholarship that will cover the full cost of training.
Level II Apprenticeship (Salary + $500): Trainees will be placed in full-time paid apprenticeships with a behavioral health agency or integrated healthcare provider. Typical pay in Southern Arizona as a Behavioral Health Paraprofessional is $12-$15 dollars/hour. The hourly pay/salary and benefits will be set by the partner organization. If the Trainee completes the Apprenticeship, the Trainee will receive a $500 completion bonus from The University of Arizona.

Instructors

Rita Romero is an instructor at the University of Arizona’s Workforce Development Program, where she trains individuals with lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use disorders to be employed as Behavioral Health Specialists within the behavioral healthcare system. Rita is passionate about recovery-oriented practice and strives to empower individuals to reach their goals.
Prior to WDP, Rita worked at NAMI Southern Arizona as Training Manager. At NAMI, Rita had the opportunity to teach their peer education programs as a state trainer. She enjoyed the opportunity to mentor individuals, training them in facilitation and Behavioral Health Medical Record Documentation, to help them prepare for employment in the field.
Rita has received certifications as a Recovery Support Specialist, Parent and Family Support Specialist, Advanced Level WRAP facilitator, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language studies.

David E. Delawder is an instructor at the University of Arizona’s Workforce Development Program. Prior to WDP, Dave has served as National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona (NAMISA) as the Program Director of all the education, support and advocacy NAMISA provides to the Tucson community.
He continues to serve the community as President of the Board of Directors of NAMISA.  He is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) and was elected to become the Arizona Chapter Representative of AAPRP to PRA.
Dave says that one of his greatest pleasures—along with photography and music—is helping others discover their strengths, negotiate successfully the complex human services system, and move forward on their own recovery journey.

Community Partners

Project Future is supported  by the following healthcare organizations in Pima and Santa Cruz counties:

  • COPE Community Services
  • Mariposa Community Health Center
  • MHC Health Care
  • CODAC Health Recovery & Wellness
  • Banner Whole Health Clinic
  • El Rio Health

Diversity

Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. We actively seek individuals who have experience living and working with diverse populations. Those with lived experience of substance use disorder (either self or family members) are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Proficient in spoken and written English
  • Able to commit time to hands-on and classroom learning for 5-10 hours per week for the duration of the program
  • Reside in Pima or Santa Cruz Counties
  • All Trainees will need reliable internet and a computer with web camera. If you do not have access to these resources, please contact us by email when you submit your application. We may be able to assist. All trainings will be held online for 2021.

Supporting Documentation

  • W-9

Contact Us

If you have questions about becoming a Project FUTRE Trainee, or a partner site, please contact:
UArizona Workforce Development Program
Email: fcm-wdp@email.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 621-1642

Current Cohort

Program Dates

Level I Pre-Apprenticeship: February 2021- Aug 2021. Level I starts February 9th, 2021 and ends July 30th, 2021
Level II Apprenticeship: Aug 2021 – Aug 2022 (Start date to be determined Summer 2021, varies per Apprentice)

Weekly Class Schedule

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:00am-11:00am

 


 

Upcoming Cohort

Program Dates

Level I Pre-Apprenticeship: August 2021 - December 2021
Level II Apprenticeship: TBD

Weekly Class Schedule

TBD

 

FAQ

What job titles might Project FUTRE prepare me for?

Graduates would be well-prepared for roles such as: Behavioral Health Paraprofessional, Family Support Specialist, Community Health Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Social Services Aide, Mental Health Worker, Promotoro/a, Youth Worker, etc.

What are the selection criteria for Project FUTRE?

We prioritize demographic and experiential diversity in each cohort. Interest in pursuing the Level II apprenticeship is also a plus.

Is participation in the Level II Apprenticeship required to participate in Project FUTRE?

Participation in Level II is not required for admission to Project FUTRE. However, we encourage all applicants to consider applying for an apprenticeship position and admission priority will be given to those interested in on-the-job, apprenticeship training. The goal of this program is to create relevant Behavioral Health Aide work experience and increase the workforce in Southern Arizona communities.

Do I have to work as a full-time employee to participate in the Level II Apprenticeship?

You are encouraged but not required to work as a full-time employee in the Level II Apprenticeship.

How will I be paid by The University of Arizona?

For Level I, each Trainee will receive monthly checks. This can be setup via direct deposit or mailed to the Trainee. This does require the Trainee submit a W-9 directly to the University of Arizona Financial Services Office. The Financial Coordinator and Financial Services Office will walk each Trainee through the payment process. 

How will I be paid by the provider organization for Level II: Apprenticeship?

Following completion of the Level I, pre-apprenticeship, Trainees who are admitted to the Level II apprenticeship will be hired and work as an employee for one of several partner organizations As their employee, they will pay your salary directly. This will be coordinated and managed during the partner hiring and HR proces.

 


Funder Disclaimer Statement

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2.275 million funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

 

If you have questions about becoming a Project FUTRE Trainee, or a partner site,
please contact:

UArizona Workforce Development Program
Email: fcm-wdp@email.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 621-1642

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2.275 million funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.