School of Social Work leading multi-college grant-funded program to address substance abuse disorders

Oct. 2, 2015

The School of Social Work is leading a multi-college grant-funded program to train health and mental health students to screen, assess/diagnose, treat, and conduct follow-ups on individuals who have or are at risk for substance use disorders. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded UNLV a three-year grant totaling $941, 282. 

The UNLV Lincy Institute, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, College of Education, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, College of Liberal Arts, School of Dental Medicine, and the College of Southern Nevada will partner to strengthen the Southern Nevada mental and behavioral health workforce.

Students will deliver services to local neighborhoods and communities that have high levels of unmet needs and are traditionally underserved. UNLV will train existing practitioners in new methods to intervene increase the effectiveness of substance use disorder. Ramona Denby-Brinson, professor of social work and resident scholar of The Lincy Institute at UNLV, is the principal investigator. The co-principal investigators are Sandra Owens, associate professor of social work; and Oscar Sida, visiting lecturer in educational and clinical studies at the UNLV College of Education. For more information, please contact the School of Social Work.