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John Carroll University Gets $1.3 Million To Train Opioid Addiction Counselors

Cuyahoga's Medical Examiners office is getting extra funding to keep up with the opioid epidemic
Cuyahoga's Medical Examiners office is getting extra funding to keep up with the opioid epidemic
The federal grant will go toward training opioid counselors as they intern in medically under-served areas.
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The federal grant will go toward training opioid counselors as they intern in medically under-served areas.

John Carroll University is getting a $1.3 million federal grant to train graduate students as counselors in the battle against opioids.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services go to medically underserved areas where people lack access to primary care or have high instances of infant mortality, mental health issues or drug abuse. Over the next four years, John Carroll will use the grant to place 80 grad students in some of those medically underserved areas.

Nathan Gehlert, a professor in the school’s Department of Counseling, says the students will learn how to battle addiction using a team approach.

“You don't just have a doctor or a nurse or a social worker or a counselor working on their own, but you really have people working as part of a treatment team. And the role of the counselor especially when you think about the opioid epidemic -- is essential as part of that treatment team.”

About sixty percent of the grants will fund $10,000 stipends for the students during training. Gehlert adds that the school got the grant because of its ongoing focus on counseling.

“We already require of our students a level of training in substance-use disorder treatments that’s above and beyond what’s required of counselors in the state of Ohio. We also have a substance use treatment concentration that really focuses on training our students to treat in this area.”

Gehlert says John Carroll is also launching a program to train community members as counselors.

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