The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recently implemented the 5-Point Strategy to combat the opioid crisis, and part of this initiative is to increase access to substance use treatment providers through the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program.
Project OASIS, funded by HRSA, is made up of an interdisciplinary team from the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the School of Social Work, and the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. The project seeks to expand opioid and substance use treatment services in Georgia by enhancing community-based training for behavioral health students in these programs.
Project OASIS provides evidence-based training in the areas of behaviorial health and integrated care in two nationally renowned graduate-level behavioral health programs at the University of Georgia:
The project will expand the behavioral health workforce in underserved communities throughout northeast Georgia, focusing on opioid and subtstance use interventions in impacted communities. The program will be evaluated for its effectiveness in training students to succeed in interprofessional environments across a wide array of behavioral health competencies.