Apply for the Workforce STAT Bradley Behavioral Health Specialist Training Program

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Our next cohort will begin in Fall 2019.

After applying, you will receive an email within 72 hours with details about the next steps in the application process. 

Attending an information session is required. 

Information Sessions

November 6 & 13 at 1 p.m.
335R Prairie Ave., Suite 1B
Providence, RI 02905

November 20 at 12 p.m.
Rhode Island College, Building 8
600 Mount Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI, 02908

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Earn 12 Rhode Island College Credits and a Behavioral Health Certificate in this Free Program.

The Workforce STAT Bradley Behavioral Health Specialist Training Program features a series of interconnected educational training and support services for ages 18 and older. The program was designed by and for Rhode Island’s growing health care industry. The goal of the Workforce Solutions, Training and Teamwork (STAT) program is to meet industry needs by rapidly transforming a group of unemployed and underemployed entry-level Rhode Islanders into prepared, well-qualified milieu associates and residential care counselors.

Program graduates will have opportunities to secure employment and advance over time to higher levels of education and employment in the health care and behavioral health industry.

About the Behavioral Health Specialist Training Program

The program spans over 24 weeks, beginning with 15 weeks of mental and behavioral health course work at Rhode Island College, and 6 weeks of clinical internship experience at Bradley Hospital. Students receive a behavioral health certification from Rhode Island College upon completion of the program. Participants can also expect to be offered weekly professional and personal development workshops, and structured work-readiness training to build employable skills. This program offers practical work experience in a real health care setting and networking opportunities to prepare for a successful career in health care. 

Support services, which include but are not limited to bus passes, child care assistance, and case management, are embedded into the program design to ensure participants’ success.

Candidate Eligibility

Preference will be given to candidates with prior college credits.

To qualify for the program, candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Be an underemployed/unemployed Rhode Island resident 
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass a Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) adult assessment 
  • Demonstrate interest in pursuing secondary education, preferably in the behavioral health field
  • Pass a criminal background check

For more information, please email