On June 5, 2020, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $20.3 million to 44 recipients, increasing the number of fellows at accredited addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry fellowship programs. The awardees train addiction specialists at facilities in high-need communities that integrate behavioral and primary care services.
HRSA’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship (AMF) program builds on the Agency’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, and the new AMF program will increase the number of fellows these programs can train. Addiction specialists have the knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive healthcare to people with opioid use, substance use, and mental health disorders. “The need for physicians with the expertise and skills to provide substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services is essential,” said HRSA Administrator Tom Engels.
Institutions awarded these grants will invest in clinical training of addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry subspecialists to combat the opioid crisis. These grants will help them:
- Increase the number of board-certified addiction medicine specialists and addiction psychiatry subspecialists;
- Collaborate and establish formal relationships with community treatment sites in underserved areas to provide training of program fellows; and
- Develop or enhance training for faculty on opioid and substance use disorder prevention and treatment.
For a list of June 2020 award recipients, visit https://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants/medicine/addiction/fellowship-awards-fy20.
To learn about HRSA-supported resources, visit HRSA's Opioid Crisis page.