Community Outreach

Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Grant

Marshall University is the recipient of a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant that focuses on integration of behavioral health into a primary care setting. The purpose of the funding is to recruit behavioral health professionals in training to participate in experiences that will prepare them to work in integrated settings involving primary care. Primary care is defined as a medical practice involving Family Practice, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine. Students engaged in the program will receive integrated care training, stipends for time spent at placement, and the possibility of future employment opportunities. Eligible groups include Psychiatry residents, graduate clinical psychology (MA), graduate school Psychology, and graduate counseling.

Please contact the program coordinator with any questions.

The Center

The Center is a new youth resource center in Huntington that will assist at-risk youth, many who are without housing or unstably housed, in Cabell and Wayne County.  and who have experienced trauma. The new center is a collaboration between Harmony House, Prestera Center, the United Way of the River Cities and Marshall’s Center of Excellence for Recovery and the Marshall Psychology Department.  The project provides street outreach services, life skills, job skills training, care coordination, and behavioral health services, as well as other needed ancillary services.  The Center has received funding from multiple sources, including local, state and federal grants. This innovative resource Center hopes to be a one-stop hub for youth in the region.

Marshall University Collegiate Recovery Community

Programs at the CRC are designed to empower students to reach their full potential. It is their mission to enhance our students’ quality of life and help encourage and promote their academic, personal, and professional goals. They offer a wide array of resources for any student looking to make a positive change in their life. Visit the CRC page to learn more about their program.

Prevention Empowerment Partnership (PEP) Member

Various faculty, staff and students have partnered with United Way of River Cities for more than a decade to support local community coalition efforts including PEP and the Cabell County Substance Use Prevention Coalition. PEP, an initiative of United Way of the River Cities, is a collaborative committee of community-based organizations that partner together to increase access to prevention services for youth and families in Cabell County and surrounding areas. It acts as the overall prevention steering coalition for all nonduplicated substance use prevention. Through its partnerships, subcommittees, and workgroups, PEP provides technical assistance, capacity building, community outreach, education, and training for at-risk populations that need higher levels of prevention to empower youth not only to deal with the drug crisis but to affect positive change in their communities.


Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) – Partner

The West Virginia Department of Education partnered with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureaus for Behavioral Health (BBH), Children and Families (BCF), Medical Services (BMS), and Public Health (BPH); Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery and Mental Health Technical Assistance Center; and the West Virginia University Prevention Research Center to develop Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) awarded this five-year grant to West Virginia in September 2020. WV AWARE supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan of activities, services, and strategies to decrease youth violence and support the healthy development of school-aged youth. The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State education and mental health organizations overseeing school-aged youth, and with three county boards of education to achieve the following.

(1) Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth.

(2) Provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues.

(3) Connect school-aged youth, who may have behavioral health issues (including serious emotional disturbance [SED] or serious mental illness [SMI]), and their families to needed services.

The Center will administer personnel and contracts to support project AWARE implementation.


West Virginia Collegiate Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success

The Collegiate Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (C-PFS) initiative seeks to enhance prevention infrastructure and build capacity among higher education institutions in Southern West Virginia (WV) to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of alcohol, tobacco and vaping, marijuana, and prescription drug misuse and its related problems among higher education students (ages 18 and older). The Center was awarded a five-year grant for this project by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2020.

The C-SPF-PFS will strengthen and create new partnerships to enhance the overall strategic prevention framework processes on Southern WV higher education campuses in order to address the misuse of alcohol, tobacco focusing on electronic devices, marijuana, and prescription drug misuse among high-risk emerging adults (ages 18-25) using evidence-based and data-informed universal, selective and indicated prevention strategies. It will also strengthen connections between IHEs and local community coalitions to enhance their sharing of evidence-based practice resources and training and collaborative support for environmental strategies effecting both campuses and the communities in which they reside.

C- PFS has the potential to reach a total of 30,000 students over the course of the grant with environmental strategies and prevention messaging and plans to serve approximately 6,000 individuals per year with prevention interventions. Project years: 2020-2025


West Virginia Collegiate Peer Recovery Network

The West Virginia Collegiate Peer Recovery Network is joint venture between the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern WV, DHHR, three behavioral health centers and seven institutions of higher education.  The program is working to establish peer recovery programs on campuses throughout southern WV in order to assist those in recovery as they work toward degree attainment.


Williamson Health and Wellness Center Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion
The Williamson Health and Wellness Center Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion grant from SAMHSA is working to provide screening and assessment, evidenced based treatment and recovery services to assist individuals with OUD and SUD in Mingo County.  Marshall’s Psychology department and the Center are assisting local evaluators in collecting and reporting the outcomes of the project.</p