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Community Guidance Center supervisor selected for addiction professionals program

(Press Release) — One of only 36 individuals in the nation, Herbert J. Sablan has been selected by the Association of Addiction Professionals as a NAADAC Minority Fellow for Addiction Professionals.

Currently an employee of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s Community Guidance Center, Sablan’s acceptance is welcome news for director Nadine Sablan, who looks forward to reaping the benefits of Mr. Sablan’s higher learning.

“NAADAC’s choice of Mr. Sablan will not only bring national recognition to the CNMI, but he will be an asset to the unique pool of participants in his fellowship cohort. We are eager to see his continued career growth fill a great need in our community for substance abuse professionals,” added Director Sablan.

Mr. Sablan is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in substance abuse treatment from Walden University, which he’s scheduled to complete by August of 2017.

Currently, Mr. Sablan serves as the supervisor of the substance abuse treatment program at the CNMl’s state behavioral health agency, the CHCC-CGC.

Mr. Sablan primarily provides counseling to individuals who struggle with substance use. In addition to his clinical work, he develops substance abuse programs and policies at CGC, and continues to pursue funding opportunities both locally and through federal grants to sustain CGC’s recovery programs.

In efforts to increase substance abuse treatment levels of care as well as increase capacity, Mr. Sablan is also part of the Pacific Behavioral Health Initiative which works to develop the region’s workforce capacity.

As the CNMI’s representative trainer of the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council under Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, he was selected for the purpose of establishing Pacific jurisdiction trainers to provide specialized training throughout the western pacific island nations and territories.

According to Dr. Glenda George, CGC clinical psychologist, “the prestigious selection by NAADAC is a testament of Herbert Sablan’s professional abilities in the field of substance abuse treatment.”

“We are all very proud of Herb’s accomplishments,” stated CHCC CEO Esther Muna, “and we and are eager to see fruitful returns from his continued work on the substance abuse challenges we face in our community and our region.”

To learn more about the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for addition counselors, visit https://www .naadac.org/nmfp-ac-fellows