The UB School of Nursing, UB School of Social Work, UB Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, UB Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions and the UB Department of Family Medicine have partnered to bring a new and exciting fellowship program to the University at Buffalo. The Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) fellowship focuses on the interprofessional integration of interventions and/or prevention of opioid use disorder in primary care settings and interdisciplinary behavioral health setting.
The Opioid Workforce Expansion Program is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)* funded workforce education and training program, which aims to develop and expand a behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan in rural and medically underserved areas, with a focus on the treatment and prevention of opioid and substance abuse. The program aims to close gaps in access to behavioral health care services through enabling community partnerships and providing advanced training for students entering the fields of behavioral health and substance abuse.
OWEP consists of a comprehensive training program, created to supplement clinical training that students receive. This program focuses on integrated care, behavioral health, and opioid use disorder prevention and treatment. The program cohort consists of students across different behavioral health and substance abuse fields, namely psychiatric mental health nursing, school counseling, school psychology and social work. The program includes an nterdisciplinary team of interprofessional education, social work, psychology, family medicine, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, addictions medicine, psychiatric nursing and student development.
Students whom are a part of the OWEP will:
1. Complete the OWEP Application and email it to the faculty coordinator for your department, along with the required personal statement and resume.
2. The selection committee for your department will review applications and select candidates for interviews.
3. Following interviews, the selection committee will select fellowship candidates and once a student has accepted the fellowship, the team will work with you to select an appropriate placement.
*This program is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T98HP33411 and titled Opioid Workforce Expansion Program – Professional for $1,350,000 with 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government.