Training Programs


The Training and Research Institute for Cultural Competence (TRICC) is a subsidiary corporation of the Center for Rapid Recovery (CRR). The philosophy of the Training and Research Institute for Cultural Competence (TRICC) recognizes that cultural norms, behavioral codes and values are organizing forces in the lives of our clients and inextricably linked to their health and health outcomes. The Training and Research Institute for Cultural Competence strongly advocates that cultural and linguistic competency standards and related benchmarks be incorporated into all program services, monitoring, and evaluation and expansion activities.

TRICC offers education and training to hospitals, criminal justice providers’ and behavioral healthcare practitioners’ to enable providers to deliver the highest quality of care to every patient, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background, or “English” proficiency. Increasing organizational, structural, and clinical cultural competence, as an approach to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities is identified as a key goal in our strategic goal plan. Our ultimate goal is to increase cultural intelligence of staff and providers and foster an organizational climate and operational structure that supports, enhances and maintains the growth of cultural competence in healthcare.

Culturally competent care becomes possible only with the skillful management of the relationship between culturally based practice and organized system approach make up the encounter at the point of access. Cultural competence training therefore is a workforce imperative; it must include introductory level through advance level understanding of the dynamic interplay between culture, health behaviors and health outcomes.

Comprehensive and ongoing training is developed based on scientific research and commonly accepted principles of cultural competence. Intermediate through advance level training is designed to sensitize, enhance awareness, and increase the cultural IQ and skills of participants who work with vulnerable populations including people of color, uninsured, undocumented, low income, and a wide range of other special need populations. The training provides practical applications that target change on a individual and system level.

A broad based training curriculum is customized to address disparities in health, patient access and health outcomes and provide the framework in which practitioners obtain and understand the value of the information. To request a complementary training needs analyses direct your inquiry to Renee D. Charles, Ph.D., LCSW-R, CPC at (516)292-6441.

Naloxone (NARCAN) Distribution and Training Program

C.R.R. has met all statutory and regulatory requirements outlined in Public Health Law §3309 and 10 N.Y.C.R.R. §80.138 and is credentialed as a Naloxone Distribution and Training Entity.

The Center for Rapid Recovery, also known as the Training and Research Institute for Culturally Competent Care, is dedicated to increasing knowledge and competency around but not limited to, the opioid crisis and substance use disorder topics. Our approach to training creates spaces for dialogue to explore values and cultural norms among Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) and other special populations.

Core training topics are built around evidence and practice-based practices to eliminate health disparities and equip providers to offer effective services for people who use drugs, diagnosed with a mental disorder, H.I.V./AIDs, or Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (DDI).

A large portion of the U.S. population is affected by SUD and the opioid crisis. The new data, according to the C.D.C. [i], documents that estimated overdose deaths from opioids increased to 75,673 in the 12
months ending in April 2021, up from 56,064 the year before. Opioid overdose is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency attention. Still, there is limited formal academic and professional education for community-based organizations, caregivers, clinicians, and professionals providing services to those affected.

C.R.R.’s Naloxone (NARCAN)  Training Program is an overdose and prevention program specifically
designed to equip those most at risk of experiencing or witnessing an overdose, including substance users, with the knowledge and tools necessary to reverse overdoses and save lives. Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. Our Prevention training program is designed to teach naloxone administration to responders on how to identify the signs of an
opioid overdose and administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone.

This training is suitable for At-Risk Targeted Population Counties: Nassau, Suffolk, Kings, New York, and Queens. Including, but not limited to, businesses, Clients/patients of a registered opioid overdose prevention program, Clients/patients of other agencies, Individuals who are themselves at risk for opioid overdose, Families, and friends of individuals who are at risk for opioid overdose, Staff of registered overdose programs Individuals transitioning to community from correctional settings, faith groups, government and health care professionals, Staff in the middle, junior and high schools, Staff in colleges, universities and trade schools, Students in colleges, universities and trade schools, General
public/community through scheduled events, General public/community through specific requests,
School and or School District Staff, Staff of other agencies.

The Naloxone (NARCAN)  Training program’s curriculum is consistent with guidance from the
Department of Health OPIOID OVERDOSE Initiative. It includes actionable steps to recognize the signs of
an opioid overdose and administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone.
C.R.R. will issue a certificate of completion to those responders who have completed the program’s training curriculum, except these certificates of completion are not required for public safety or firefighting personnel: 

Participants at the end of the training will be able to:

  • Recognize the signs of an opioid overdose
  • Demonstrate how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone
  • Discuss the role of harm reduction in the overall opioid public health crisis solutions/action plan/strategy.

Narcan Distribution
C.R.R. is authorized to dispense or furnish Naloxone to trained overdose responders, including an affiliate prescriber, and to individuals who cannot access Naloxone from pharmacies, including individuals using Naloxone in the line of duty.

A non‐patient specific prescription—or “standing order” consistent with Public Health Law Section 3309 — is a signed and dated document issued by a prescriber to direct the dispensing of a prescribed drug to an individual not explicitly identified at the time of its issuance.

Contact to fill out a training request form or call 888 RAPID 13  for more information and a custom quote.

FIRST AID and CPR Training

Who should apply?

  • Individuals interested in becoming a certified addiction substance counselor (CASAC) and provide direct care in a substance abuse treatment, school, or hospital detox unit, a criminal justice setting through drug courts, probation, or parole.
  • Individuals interested in becoming a culturally competent healthcare
    practitioner, planner, or a trainer with an interest in developing culturally competent skills for the delivery of culturally appropriate care to linguistically and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Individuals interested in obtaining a two-year certification in Adult or Pediatric CPR and First Aid should apply.

How to Apply:
Contact 516 292-6449 ext 132
to obtain an application for enrollment.