An interprofessional team of University of North Dakota faculty members from various disciplines was recently awarded a $550,000 grant to implement an evidence-based model addressing substance abuse and dependence in North Dakota.
This grant was provided by the United State Department of Health and Human Services through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Faculty from the departments of nursing, social work and psychology have teamed up to secure this funding, which will benefit outreach efforts and the education of students enrolled in nursing and social work programs.
Students in UND’s Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and the Master of Social Work programs will be trained to use Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) techniques. Additionally, they will secure skills necessary to engage in best practices when collaborating with interprofessional colleagues, while also addressing substance abuse identification and treatment.
The project will focus heavily on outreach and sustainability by providing SBIRT training to members of interprofessional health care and social services teams in order to ensure that the state’s workforce can implement it. The project team will specifically target the training to those who work with vulnerable, oppressed, disadvantaged and at-risk populations.
These efforts will further enhance the concept of using professional teams to identify substance abuse in multiple settings, expand referral bases and strengthen the approach to multifaceted treatment options.
The inter-professional grant team comprises:
Angie Muhs-Social Work
Thomasine Heitkamp-Social Work
For more information, contact Chris Harsell at 701.777.2403 or chris.harsell@UND.edu