The Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery strives to increase well-being and recovery among West Virginians.

In 2018, Marshall University established the Center of Excellence (COE) for Recovery to address the systemic, complex issues related to substance use and misuse, substance use disorders and behavioral health within the state of West Virginia. At the core of the Center is an interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff who bring a wide array of expertise and skills to this work.

The Center strives to increase access to effective education; evidence-based prevention, early identification, treatment, and recovery services; and foster research on behavioral health well-being and recovery by establishing models for communities and states looking for evidence-based solutions.

Collaborative Efforts

In collaboration with community and State partners, Marshall faculty and staff have worked to develop and implement research-based approaches to improve access to effective prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services.

In October of 2016, under the leadership of President Jerome Gilbert, Marshall University announced the formation of the Substance Use Recovery Coalition to find holistic, evidence-based solutions to the substance-use disorders crisis and resulting negative effects on communities across West Virginia. The coalition’s plan addresses individuals across the behavioral health continuum of care, focusing on education, prevention, early intervention and treatment services, and recovery. The Coalition has assisted Marshall’s local community and the State with multiple projects and grants, which have expanded the amount and type of services available.

The University and partners have developed the following strategies to support these efforts.

  • Education, Training, and Technical Assistance: Marshall University faculty members and staff are committed to improving the lives of individuals in our community by disseminating education and training on evidenced-based interventions and practices.
  • Outreach, Clinical and Supportive Services: Marshall University faculty members and staff are engaged in a number of campus and community initiatives related to increasing early intervention and treatment capacity by providing services and related behavioral health and recovery support.
  • Applied Research: Marshall University faculty members and staff work to solve pressing issues through cutting-edge applied research in behavioral health and other related fields.

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