New Grant from SAMHSA to Refine and Promote Substance Use Curriculum

School of Social Work Professor and Center for Prevention Research and Development Director, Doug Smith, was recently awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $199,993 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to refine and promote the substance use curriculum at the MSW-level.

This award is part of SAMHSA’s national Practitioner Education initiative, which targets training a national workforce to address substance use disorders (SUD), one of the leading causes of disability globally. Currently, NASW estimates that approximately 6% of social workers focus on providing treatment to individuals suffering from (SUD).

For this project, Dr. Smith and his team will develop and infuse substance-related content into required classes in the Advanced Clinical concentration (SW 552, 509), design substance-related simulations, and create a practicum-style class in collaboration with Promise Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving low-income and underinsured people. The project will run from September 30th, 2020 until September 29, 2022.