Spring 2023 Session beginning February 28, 2023!

The SSP Academy is a series of online courses designed to prepare staff of Maryland SSPs to provide high-quality services. The Spring 2023 session will run from February 2023 until March, 2023.

What does the SSP Academy include?

8 Required On-demand courses
     Available now! These courses provide foundational knowledge and skills for working in an SSP. You can work on these at your own pace.


Mandatory Live sessions:

     These sessions will be held on Zoom and you can access them directly through the online course. Everyone must attend these sessions. If you are unable to attend these, please email us at mahrti@bhsbaltimore.org for further instructions.

  • Tuesday, February 28 – 10am to 12pm: SSP 101 
  • Tuesday, March 28 – 10am to 12pm: SSPs in Maryland


Optional live sessions:

     These sessions will be held on Zoom and you can access them directly through the online course. These sessions are optional. During these sessions we will practice the skills learned in the on-demand courses. Please complete the courses first.

  • Tuesday, March 7, September 15– 10am to 12pm

    Practice Session: Outreach and Engagement 

Complete the on-demand course first

  • Tuesday, March 14– 10am to 12pm

       Practice Session: Motivational Interviewing 

Complete the on-demand course first

  • Tuesday, March 21 – 10am to 12pm

       Practice Session: Technical Skills 

Complete at least one of these on-demand courses first: Safer Injection & Basic Wound Care, Overdose Prevention & Response, and Fentanyl Test Strips

All SSP Academy courses must be completed by April 28, 2023.


The SSP Academy includes the courses below.

What's the SSP Academy include?

  • 8 on-demand courses

  • 2 required live courses

  • 3 optional live practice sessions


  • Who is required to participate in the SSP Academy?

    Anyone who works at an SSP in Maryland and has contact with SSP participants is required to complete the SSP Academy.

  • What if I completed the SSP Core Trainings or SSP Cohort Trainings in 2020 or earlier?

    If you completed the SSP Cohort/Core Trainings in 2020 or earlier, you are not required to complete the SSP Academy. But you're welcome to join if you'd like a refresher!

  • Can other people participate in the SSP Academy?

    Yes! Anyone who's interested can participate!

  • Is there anyone else you encourage to participate?

    We especially encourage staff of programs applying to start SSP services in the next 6 months to participate. And -- any current SSP staff who want a refresher!


Rae Elkasabany

MaHRTI Coordinator

Rae Elkasabany graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Biology and Spanish. She has six years' experience working in direct outreach harm reduction, drug policy reform advocacy, and harm reduction education through the public health nonprofit DanceSafe. Rae has also worked as a science educator for over seven years before joining the Maryland Harm Reduction Training Institute in 2020. Her favorite harm reduction topics to discuss are drug pharmacology and drug checking.

Miera Corey

MaHRTI Associate Director

Miera Corey graduated from Morgan State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has six years of experience with the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Lighthouse Studies at PEER Point, a harm reduction research program focused on Baltimore City residents with HIV/STD high-risk behaviors. Miera worked as the Evaluation Coordinator for Wraparound, Systems of Care, and National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative programs at the Institute for Innovation and Implementation before joining Behavioral Health System Baltimore as a coordinator for the Maryland Harm Reduction Training Institute.

Sal Corbin

MaHRTI Coordinator

Sal Corbin worked for 15 years in academia as a psychology professor before transitioning to nonprofit work. He has done workforce development training and program management and is now a training coordinator for the Maryland Harm Reduction Institute. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict transformation as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.