The mission of the Center for Addiction Research, Education, and Service (CARES) is to strengthen and advance UMB’s efforts to address the adverse impact of addiction on individuals, families, communities, and society.
The center aims to advance addiction-related science and service through the prevention, treatment, through initiatives in four core areas:
CARES faculty for core 1 will collaborate with key stakeholdersto:
conduct needs assessment by discipline to identify primary barriers to addiction-related workforce participation and retention among behavioral health professionals;
develop key initiatives, services, and programs to address modifiable workforce barriers;
develop a range of marketing, training, and technical assistance initiatives aimed at enhancing SUD-related service efficiency, coordination, and efficacy (i.e., process of care and protocols);
identify and address under-developed specialty training opportunities for UMB students; strengthen IPE focus on addiction training among schools on campus and prioritize IPE training, as appropriate; including addiction-related interdepartmental and interprofessional continuing education (CE) opportunities for prospective and current behavioral health workforce members.
CARES core 4 faculty will work collaboratively to:
provide consultation on addiction-related matters to local, state and federal legislative bodies and policy-makers (i.e., criteria for analyzing data from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program);
provide training to policy-makers and other stakeholders to inform legislative proposals and policy decision-making;
conduct policy analyses and publish opinions related to proposed or enacted legislation
conduct advocacy on legislative issues or regulations that affect SUD care or financing (i.e. regulations on DEA partial fill prescriptions, provision and reimbursement for telepsychiatry, medication-assisted treatment).
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Center Leadership and Administration
The center is led at the decanal level by Richard Barth, Dean of the UMB School of Social Work, and Natalie Eddington, Dean of the UMB School of Pharmacy.
CARES is co-directed by UMB faculty, Michelle Tuten from the School of Social Work and Raymond Love from the UMB School of Pharmacy.
CARES will also engage key stakeholders to promote, shape, and accomplish the core aims of the center through the efforts of an Advisory Group and a Steering Committee.
The Advisory Group will be comprised of leading UMB scholars in the area of addiction as well as representatives of city, state, and national organizations who support addiction care, advocacy, research, and education.
The Steering Committee will be comprised of UMB administration, faculty, and staff with expertise in a variety of areas relevant to the overall success of the center and the prevention and mitigation of the harms of addiction.