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First Behavioral Health Specialist Certificate Completers honored Aug. 28

August 27, 2013

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College’s first class of graduates from the Behavioral Health Specialist certificate training will celebrate completion of their certificate training in a ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

A total of 11 students completed the 18-credit training, which was developed in partnership with a variety of behavioral health providers and community organizations, including University of Arizona Medical Center, Carondelet Health Network, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, Tucson Indian Center, Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Pima County One-Stop.

The training is offered through PCC’s Center for Training and Development based at PCC’s Desert Vista Campus.

Those completing the Behavioral Health Specialist certificate training program at PCC are prepared to become a behavioral health technician as recognized by the state of Arizona.

Behavioral Health Specialists work as behavioral health workers, case managers, patient aides, family advocates, respite care workers or paraprofessional counselors. They provide care and support critical to the mental and emotional well-being of clients and patients.

The U.S. Department of Labor expects employment of social and human service assistants, which includes behavioral health specialists, to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. It also projects the number of psychiatric technicians in Arizona to grow by 12 percent.

  • What: Behavioral Health Specialist Training Completion Ceremony
  • When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
  • Where: Galleria at University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, 2800 E. Ajo Way
  • Info: 206-5250

In Pima County, an 18 percent growth rate is predicted for both behavioral health specialists and psychiatric technicians over the same period, according to the firm Economic Modeling Specialists.

Recent expansions of behavioral health services in the county include the University of Arizona Medical Center Behavioral Health Pavilion, which opened in August 2011 and provides inpatient and outpatient services, as well as emergency medical and behavioral health services.

Students in the Behavioral Health Specialist training may be eligible for participation in the College’s Pathways to Healthcare Program, which offers financial assistance for low-income people to train in in-demand health professions.

The Pathways to Healthcare Program started in 2010 providing degrees or certificates in 15 specialized medical fields. It is a partnership between the College and Pima County OneStop. Pathways to Healthcare is funded by a five-year, $18.5 million Health Profession Opportunity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The training targets recipients of federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and other low-income individuals.

PCC’s Center for Training and Development provides high-quality training leading to immediate jobs or to job advancement in many in-demand fields in southern Arizona. CTD offers primarily clock-hour training in health, culinary and food service, and business professions. PCC boasts a 90 percent completion rate and an 85 percent job placement rate in CTD programs.

For more information, contact the PCC Center for Training and Development at 206-5100. Anyone interested in enrolling in a Pathways program should call (520) 206-5250 for times and locations of upcoming information sessions.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850