The Faith-Based Support Specialist (FBSS) Program

The FBSS Program bridges the gap between the faith-based community, prevention, treatment, and the rehabilitation fields.

The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE Foundation) provided funding for the Faith-Based Support Specialist (FBSS) Program. Learn more about FORE at www.forefdn.org

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The Faith-Based Support Specialist (FBSS) Program is a free, interfaith program that aims to equip senior faith leaders to reach their congregants and participate in improving the quality of life for their communities. The Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention has created, through the FBSS program, a certification backed by the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH). To obtain certification, participants will attend a 16-hour program designed by the Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention to educate and equip pastors with the knowledge, tools, and resources to minister effectively to those dealing with substance use disorders. This program is sponsored by funding from the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE).

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Our Mission

Our Program bridges the gap between the faith-based community, prevention, treatment, and the rehabilitation fields.

Our Foundation

The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE Foundation) provided funding for the Faith-Based Support Specialist Program.

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The FBSS Program partners with treatment and recovery facilities, our focus is on educating our communities.

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Training topics include, but are not limited to: Substance Use Disorders, Emerging Trends in Substance Misuse, Effective Communication and Listening Skills, Cultural Competence, Ethics, and much more. All facilitators are certified in their respective fields.

The FBSS Program is designed by the Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) in Oxford, Alabama. ASAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Calhoun, Cleburne, and Talladega counties. The FBSS program is a statewide program designed to equip religious leaders with the tools, skills, and resources to serve their congregations and communities.

Focus Is On Educating Our Communities

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The FBSS certification is a two-day training for senior-level religious leaders of all faiths. Pastors and other ordained ministers will receive education that will enable them to minister effectively to those dealing with substance use disorders.

FBSS Training Conferences will be held across the state of Alabama. All training conferences are held two consecutive days (Thursdays and Fridays). Each FBSS Training Conference is located for the convenience of religious leaders in certain counties of the state. The schedule of conferences is below:

JUNE 2024

20-21 June

The FBSS Program bridges the gap between the faith-based community, prevention, treatment, and the rehabilitation fields.

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