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UNT Establishes Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research

April 21st, 2016 Posted in Alumni News

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The University of North Texas’ Department of Disability and Addictions Rehabilitation announces it will establish the Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research in its Denton, Texas campus.

The establishment of this Office is being funded by a $100,000 gift from Andrew Burki, MSW, Founder and CEO of Life of Purpose Treatment. This gift serves as a springboard to raise 3.5 million to recruit a leading R1 researcher to serve as the chair to spearhead the program.

“I am thrilled about the research opportunities that this generous gift from Life of Purpose will afford UNT,” said Chair of the Department of Disability and Addictions Rehabilitation and Director of the Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research at the University of North Texas, Linda Holloway. “This donation is significant in that it is providing the seed money to create the UNT Office for Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research. There is an epidemic of substance use disorders in the US and it is complicated by other co-occurring behavioral health disorders. It is affecting youth at an earlier age thereby having even more dire consequences – including death. It is simply inexcusable that we have inadequate research to address this compounding health issue in a country that has so many resources. This Office will provide a hub for faculty and staff to conduct cutting edge research related to recovery, an area that is surprisingly lacking in evidence-based practices. We have invited over a dozen faculty members from 3 different colleges to be a part of this research initiative and hope that more will join us. It is only through a concerted, collaborative effort that we can begin to tackle this crisis.”

The full press release, along with full details of the new Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research is available here: http://recoveryresearch.unt.edu/content/news

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