Substance Use Initiatives

Substance Use Initiatives

Practitioner Education in Substance Use Disorders

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In September 2019, CSWE was awarded a nearly $500,000 grant from the U. S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This grant, officially Substance Use Disorders Expansion of Practitioner Education in Social Work, allows CSWE to work with more than 30 programs of social work over a 2-year period to strengthen curricula in the area of substance use disorders. Click here to learn more.

Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment 

CSWE was awarded a subcontract from the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago to support the integration of substance abuse screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment into general undergraduate and graduate social work curricula rather than in advanced practice or specialty classes only. For more information, click here.

Opioid Response Network

In response to the nation’s opioid crisis, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded a 2-year grant to provide technical assistance to states and territories to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with a coalition of 27 national professional organizations, forming the Opioid Response Network (ORN). ORN provides training and technical assistance via local experts across the country, focusing on applying evidence-based practices in prevention, treatment, and recovery to meet locally identified needs. Visit the ORN website for more information.

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS)

PCSS is a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and was created in response to the opioid overdose epidemic to train primary care providers in the evidence-based prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders and treatment of chronic pain. Visit the PCSS website for more information.

Through generous funding from the American Academy of Addicition Psychiatry (AAAP) as part of PCSS, CSWE is offering a series of webinars about social work and substance use. The first webinar in the series, COVID-19's Effect on Substance Use Education, is now available! It covers the current state of practice and implications for classroom and field education. The presenters of this webinar are members of the national task force responsible for helping to create the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice. Visit the CSWE Learning Academy to learn more, register, and watch this free course! CEs can be earned. 

National Council for Behavorial Health

Social Workers on the Front Line of the Opioid Epidemic
In partnership with New York Community Trust and CSWE, this 20-month learning collaborative will help programs and schools of social work prepare students to lead the charge against the opioid and drug epidemic the United States currently faces. Participating schools will gain access to leading experts in the field through a range of training and technical assistance offerings. Visit the National Council for Behavioral Health website for more information.