WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a combined $1,265,353 in funds to Case Western Reserve University to help combat Ohio’s addiction crisis. The funding includes:
- $1,113,749 for the improvement of training for students pursuing careers as behavioral health professionals focused on opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders through the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) and;
- $151,604 to plan, develop, operate, or maintain graduate programs in behavioral health practice to train psychologists to work with underserved populations through the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) programs.
“We must do everything in our power to fight this crisis on all fronts,” said Brown. “This federal funding will provide a critical investment in the training of healthcare professionals at institutions all across the state to better prevent and treat addiction through traditional and creative approaches.”
This year, HRSA has awarded nearly $70 million to 64 institutions for OWEP to enhance community-based training for students preparing to become behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals with a focus on Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other Substance Abuse Disorders (SUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The awards support a number of trainings across the behavioral health provider spectrum such as community health workers, social workers, psychology interns and post-doctoral residents. HRSA has also provided more than $17 million to 49 APA accredited schools, universities, and other nonprofit organizations for GPE programs.