WVU institute named Center of Excellence in Addiction

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) recently named the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, the state’s first Center of Excellence in Addiction.

The institute received a four-year, $2.9 million grant it will use to provide coaching through WV Project ECHO and training on evidence-based approaches to addiction treatment.

“There is still a lot of work to be done toward addressing addiction in our state, and there is not one solution that will solve the problem,” Dr. Marc Haut from WVU Rockefeller said. “By continuing to collaborate with organizations such as the WV DHHR and recovery facilities in the state, we can make a significant impact toward change.”

The institute’s goal is to combat public health challenges for West Virginians and others. These health challenges include addiction, Alzheimer’s, and COVID-19.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided WV DHHR with funding through a state opioid response grant.

SAMHSA has reduced unmet treatment needs and increased access to medication-assisted treatment using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder. The agency also is reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder.

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