UC awarded more than $1M to combat addiction crisis, senator says

Posted at 11:23 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 11:23:31-04

CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati will receive $1,349,807 from the federal government to help combat Ohio’s addiction crisis, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Thursday.

The funds will go toward training for students pursuing careers as behavioral health professionals to prepare them for a future of treating patients addicted to opioids and other substances, according to Brown’s office.

“We must do everything in our power to fight this crisis on all fronts,” Brown said in a written statement. “This federal funding will provide a critical investment in the training of healthcare professionals at institutions all across the state to better prevent and treat addiction through traditional and creative approaches.” 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the money to UC.

The funding comes from the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program. The program has provided about $70 million to 64 programs this year “to enhance community-based training for students,” according to a news release.

The awards support training programs across the behavioral health provider spectrum.