LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky College of Social Work received a little over $1 million in federal grants to help fight the opioid epidemic.
UK said in a press release, to achieve long-term sobriety mental health professionals are taking on an increased importance.
The money will go towards students getting hands-on experience, training in Appalachian communities.
Kalea Beener is on faculty member helping run the new project. She said it is a win-win for the Commonwealth and students.
“It’s not just support for our communities in treating this substance use disorder, but really also to help our students to facilitate knowledge and gain skill and working with folks with substance use disorders, because it’s going to be anywhere and everywhere,” she said.
The program is for graduate students in the College of Social Work and the College of Education.
It kicks in this fall semester.