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Marshall gets $854k grant for behavioral health training

Marshall University has landed a federal grant of more than $854,000 to provide behavioral health training.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that the award comes from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration and its Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program. Marshall will receive more than $213,000 annually over four years.

Dr. Marianna Footo Linz, Marshall’s psychology department chairwoman, says the money will fund clinical internships and placements for the master’s program in psychology with clinical and school emphasis, master’s in counseling and the psychiatry residency program.

The program aims to increase the number of behavioral health providers for rural and underserved patients.

Students will attend seminars, including responding to substance abuse disorders in primary care, integrated behavioral health in primary care, trauma-related instruction, and Appalachian culture and unique service needs.

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