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West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center

In June 2021, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) announced a competitively funded $425,000 award to the Marshall University Research Corporation (MURC) to pilot the WV Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center. 

The grant will support a basic array of evidence-based behavioral health virtual training opportunities for West Virginia’s behavioral health workforce. MURC will also support BBH in establishing a Statewide Training Advisory Council (STAC), which will be comprised of a variety of stakeholders and provide recommendations to guide the state’s vision of professional development in the behavioral health workforce.

This project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.

For more information, see https://wvbhtraining.org/. To be notified about training registrations, please join the Training Center's list serv.​

BBH Presentations​


West Virginia Polysubstance Summit,  January 2024​​
Current Trends Across the Continuum of substance Use Disorder Care.

Presenter data links:
Multi-level Drivers of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Access: Implications for Health Equity
Presenter: Dr. Pia Mauro

West Virginia Polysubstance Summit,  December 2022
In It Together: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Addressing Polysubstance Use. Continuing Education credit will be available for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, addiction/prevention professionals, counselors, social workers, and psychologists.

Preparing Our Workforce: West Virginia Rural Health Conference, October 2022
WV-SOR Workshop Series 2​


West Virginia Stimulant Summit, December 2021
The Bureau for Behavioral Health collaborated with the Office of Drug Control Policy and BBH pilot grantee WV Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center at Marshall University in presenting the West Virginia Stimulant Summit on December 16, 2021. A total of 546 people from 16 states registered for the Summit. 

The Summit showcased national and WV expertise and included perspectives from therapists, administrators, and prescribers, as well as a speaker with lived experience; additionally there was an announcement about an upcoming Learning Collaborative and TRUST 2.0 with Dr. Rick Rawson and colleague Al Hasson anticipated for Spring 2022, to be funded in part by the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center. The event was geared toward and offered CEUs to physicians, nurse practitioners, clinicians, therapists, case managers, peer recovery support specialists, and others who work with individuals affected by stimulant use disorders.  The virtual event focused on guidance for how to address barriers to offering evidence-based practice for stimulant use disorder and improving treatment access by increasing clinical expertise. 
Recordings of the sessions are available at: https://wvstimulantsummit.org/​.​


BBH/ODCP Series on Evidence Based Practice in Substance Use Disorder, July 2020

COR-12 Presentation by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, January 2020 


BBH/ODCP Series on Evidence Based Practice in Substance Use Disorder, October 2019

A Review of Federal Resources WVSOM, September 2019 

Peer Recovery Support Service Conference, BBH April 2019

Continuing Education

The Bureau for Behavioral Health is a certified provider of continuing education units (CEUs) for the following disciplines: Addiction and Prevention, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Social Work. If you are planning a training in conjunction with trainers from the BBH or their affiliated grantees, you may request CEUs for your event.  Please review the BBH Continuing Education Protocol and complete the BBH CEU Request Form. (In order to submit this form, you must save it to your computer as a PDF, then submit​ the completed form ​as an attachment via email to Vicky.E.Hatfield@wv.gov.) 

If you have any questions about either training requests or continuing education, please contact: 
Vicky Hatfield​
Bureau for Behavioral Health
(304) 352-5586​
Vicky.E.Hatfield@wv.gov ​

Training Opportunities

Addiction Training Institute
For new and experienced professionals who are seeking a thorough review of both the established fundamentals of addiction and current approaches to working with individuals in active behavioral and substance addictions. The training is valuable for those working or planning to work in the areas of mental health, addictions counseling, courts and corrections, school counseling, nursing and psychology. Addiction Training Institute features current developments within the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual areas of addictive behavior. 
Contact: Swapna W. King, Community Relations Coordinator, Chestnut Ridge Center, WVU Medicine 304.598.6422 (office), kingsw@wvumedicine.org  

Appalachian Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse Conference (AAPDAC)
​Three day-long annual conference held annually in October. This event makes available WV State CME/CEs for multiple disciplines. This program meets the 3-hour CME Best Practices Prescribing of Controlled Substances requirement for physicians and physician assistants under West Virginia law. Most recent details: https://wvmphp.org/
Contact: Brad Hall, WV Medical Professionals Health Program, bhallmd@wvmphp.org.​

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS)​
PCSS provides training and a clinical mentoring program specific to opioid use disorder, including but not limited to the X-waiver, clinical roundtable discussion, FAQs, and video modules.

The Healing Power of Nutrition
​The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition presents a curriculum for learning the critical role that nutrition - or lack of it -  plays in Recovery. Receive practical info, coaching tools and 6 CEUs* for 6 interactive classes. The 2024 classes will be held from April 2024 through November 2024. Additional information​.​

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