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Addictive Behaviors

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We aim to fuel innovation and provide resources to develop infrastructure so evidence-based and emerging practices can be implemented widely. We believe in person-centered and recovery-oriented approaches that uplift the role of peer support. We are committed to a strong and collaborative partnership between academics and community providers, where research informs practice and practice informs research – where together we build sustainable resources for successful recovery. (PIs: Jay Unick & Michelle Tuten)

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Operation PROSPER is an interdisciplinary multi-phase project designed to systematically measure the barriers to employment in patients receiving Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, and then develop, test, and systematize point-of-care interventions to increase work participation in this population. The research team is studying patients receiving MAT to identify employment status as well as real and potential barriers to being employed. This research-based project concentrates on defining the gap in critical soft skills among adults receiving MAT. (PIs: Jodi Frey & Marianne Cloeren) 

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The purpose of this project is to provide expertise that will help the State of Maryland develop a durable and sustainable set of resources to support employees and employers related to opioid use and recovery in the workplace. Workplace PROSPER will expand the team’s reach to include increased collaboration with employers, health and behavioral health providers, and worker advocates across the State, strengthening existing and building new partnerships that leverage the expertise and perspectives of the wide range of Stakeholders who care about this issue. These resources will specifically respond to the needs of employees and employers related to opioid use and recovery at work. The overall goals of this project are to improve workplace safety, prevent opioid overdoses, increase access to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), and promote non-discriminatory work practices for employees recovering from OUD. (PIs: Marianne Cloeren & Jodi Frey)

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The BHWISE Lifespan program recruits and trains advanced-year MSW students to provide behavioral health services to clients of all ages who live in underserved communities. Additionally, the program has created new interprofessional courses in behavioral health across the health professions. BHWISE Fellows have been supported in their advanced practicum year with a stipend of $10,000 per student. (PIs: Paul Sacco & Michele Beaulieu)

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Developing and Testing a Brief Intervention for Problem Gambling in Credit Counseling

Problem gambling is a stigmatized problem that is often not adequately assessed and can contribute to significant financial distress and negative outcomes. This randomized control trial is testing the effectiveness of a unique brief intervention using motivational techniques and text messaging for individuals at-risk for problem gambling. The intervention is designed to help reduce gambling behavior and improve financial well-being among credit counseling clients who seek services within a national financial counseling organization, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Maryland (CCCSMD). (PIs: Paul Sacco & Jodi Frey)