OU-SBIRT Collaborative Grant

We are very pleased to announce that the Center for Social Work in Health Care has been awarded with a very large, three year grant from SAHMSA. Terrie Fritz is the PI and the grant includes SW faculty Christina Miller & Ric Munoz as well as other interdisciplinary partners. It includes funds in the amount of about $312,000 annually for three years for a grant total of almost $1 million dollars. Titled the OU-SBIRT Collaborative, the purpose of the grant is to train students enrolled in nine different professional health care training programs within five different colleges on three OU campuses. SAMHSA approved training curricula will be embedded into existing courses within each discipline’s training program.During the three years of the collaborative, over nineteen hundred students will be trained in the use of the SBIRT model. The faculty and staff trained through the OU SBIRT Collaborative will in turn provide training and learning opportunities to healthcare professionals across Oklahoma through continuing education events, and professional writing, all of which will support further adoption of SBIRT practices, in Oklahoma. http://www.samhsa.gov/sbirt/grantees

Best of all, through the training of significant numbers of health professionals as students, and the collateral professional training activities, a critical mass of SBIRT trained healthcare professionals needed to support practice adoption will be reached, resulting in significantly increased use of the SBIRT model in Oklahoma healthcare, and ultimately a healthier Oklahoma.

Kudos to Terrie and team! This is certainly exciting news and a wonderful opportunity for the center, school, our students and Oklahoma!

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