In 2006, SSTAR received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Hitachi Foundation for a Jobs to Career initiative to create career paths for frontline healthcare workers. SSTAR was one of only nine organizations – out of 200 applicants – to be awarded funding.

According to the national program leadership, there are no models for career development programs like this. It’s “new territory.” The funders hope that the nine programs will pave the way for others by developing new models and setting the standard.

SSTAReach helps our frontline workers advance in their careers and increase their job satisfaction, improve client care and treatment outcomes and change the educational system and work-based learning experience in a manner that will facilitate career development for other healthcare workers in similar circumstances. Services include career counseling, access to subsidized training programs and academic credit.

Our SSTAReach project was one of two featured in the December 2006 issue of the journal Behavioral Healthcare.