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CRAMER: UND Receives Nearly $3.9 Million Substance Disorder Grant

Jun 21, 2017
Press Release


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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the University of North Dakota (UND) a $3,876,470 million funding grant to be used over the next five years to address addiction and behavioral healthcare issues in North Dakota.

“We all know people struggling with drug addiction, this is an all-hands-on-deck situation“ said Cramer. “Through our work here in Congress, and the continued work being done both on the ground by the communities and in the Trump Administration, I’m pleased to see that one of our exceptional universities is helping tackle substance abuse problems that affect so many of our people. While there’s always more that can be done, this grant continues our pledge to address addiction problems affecting our friends and family across North Dakota.“

According to SAMHSA’s website, the purpose of this program is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support services. This is done by accelerating the adoption and implementation of evidence-based and promising SUD treatment and recovery-oriented practices and services; heightening the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the workforce that addresses the needs of people with substance use or other co-occurring health disorders; and fostering regional and national alliances among culturally diverse practitioners, researchers, policy makers, funders, and the recovery community.

The ATTC Network grantees will work directly with SAMHSA and amongst themselves on activities aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of treatment and recovery, as well as work directly with providers of clinical and recovery services, and others that influence the delivery of services, to improve the quality of workforce training and service delivery. As part of this work, the ATTC program will also support Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) to develop their workforce capacity. The desired outcome of the ATTC program is to increase the capacity of specialized behavioral and primary healthcare providers to provide high quality, effective services for clients with SUD and co-occurring disorders.

Read more about the grant here