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AllOne Foundation grant enables Marywood, Misericordia and Wilkes universities to establish ACE-IT program
Posted 06/08/2017 12:29PM

The AllOne Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the Department of Social Work at Misericordia University to establish, in partnership with Marywood and Wilkes universities, the Addiction Counseling Education and Interprofessional Treatment (ACE-IT) program.

ACE-IT is a multi-institutional addiction counseling and pharmacy intervention program located at Children's Service Center (CSC), Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC), and Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services (WVADS) in Wilkes-Barre. In addition to traditional services at the facilities, the host agencies also will offer an additional layer of treatment or support via ACE-IT.

The collaborative program provides counseling and pharmacy services on site to women and children touched by addiction and domestic abuse, while supporting students who are gaining clinical experience as a component of their education to specialize in addiction counseling and pharmacy. In addition, Wilkes University is providing education and training on naloxone, the reversal agent for opioid overdoses.

"We are grateful to the AllOne Foundation for its generous support,'' said Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., ATC, LAT, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education at Misericordia University. "It is through community collaborations such as this one that we will be able to pool our resources and considerable talents to establish a clear path to recovery for those in need in our neighborhoods.''

The grant money supports Marywood students in art therapy, Misericordia students in social work and addiction counseling, and Wilkes students in pharmacy obtain clinical experience under the direction of supervisory staff. Misericordia University also will provide the coursework needed for graduate health care practitioners to obtain addiction-counseling certification through its Addiction Counseling Certificate Program.

The services are a critical component to addressing the epidemic of drug-related overdoses locally and nationally. On-site treatment programs – like the ones at CSC, DVSC and WVADS – are integral to the success of children and women who seek treatment for addiction and/or domestic violence. Children and families in crisis often are reluctant or unable to travel for treatment due to personal or monetary reasons. In addition, off-site programs are cost-prohibitive for some families in crises or facilities are at capacity and cannot accept new patients.

The AllOne Foundation grant funding provides direct access to counseling for children and families affected by addiction, while concurrently expanding the number of health care clinicians equipped with a specialty in addiction counseling intervention.

For more information about ACE-IT, please contact Susan McDonald, Ph.D., L.S.W., associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at Misericordia University, at (570) 674-6212 or at smcdonal@misericordia.edu.

For more information about the social work program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/socialwork.

Caption:

AllOne Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the Department of Social Work at Misericordia University to establish, in partnership with Marywood and Wilkes universities, the Addiction Counseling Education and Interprofessional Treatment program. Participating in a ceremonial check presentation, from left, are Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., ATC, LAT, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education, Misericordia University; Thomas Franko, PharmD., BCACP assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Wilkes University; John W. Cosgrove, executive director, AllOne Foundation; John Menapace, board member, AllOne Foundation; Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president, Misericordia University; Susan McDonald, Ph.D., L.S.W., associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work, Misericordia University, and Stephanie Wise, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, director, art therapy program, Marywood University.

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