Marshall social work department partners with Concord and West Virginia State for $10K substance abuse grant

Marshall has joined with Concord University and West Virginia State University to advance the profession of social work and improve the well-being of West Virginia’s children and their families.

A $10,000 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Adolescent Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant will fund this collaborative partnership among these West Virginia universities. The SBIRT grant will allow the schools of social work to prepare students to screen, provide brief interventions and conduct referrals to treatment for substance abuse issues with adolescents, according to Marshall’s undergraduate social work director, Jo Dee Gottlieb.

“Beginning in spring 2016, this grant will give us access to curriculum materials embedded with valuable research that can provide educational resources for our social workers when assisting and assessing those at risk for substance abuse,” Gottlieb said.

West Virginia has been identified as having the highest percentage per capita of substance abuse-related issues in the United States with the highest number of drug overdose deaths, as noted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in its 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Gottlieb added, “We have a history of collaborating with the other social work programs in the state through the child welfare grant as well as collaborating on the development of curriculum materials for the geriatric population and those with developmental disabilities, We are very pleased to work with West Virginia State and Concord to address the substance abuse issues in southern West Virginia.”

The Adolescent SBIRT grant began this month and will continue for 18 months.