The University of Wyoming Division for Social Work has recently been awarded $55,000 by the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH). This award is to help prepare the students to take on the opioid epidemic in Wyoming and the United States as a whole.

UW was one of 10 universities throughout the country that was selected from a pool of 100 applicants to receive this grant from NCBH. Associate Lecturer Kym Codallos will act as the lead faculty member for the instruction of addiction courses and hopes to have a total of seven or eight students enrolled in these courses and working as interns at specific field placement sites by the end of the spring semester.

Division of Social Work Director Eleanor Pepi Downey stated in an article from the university that "We are delighted to have additional resources to combat this significant public health crisis in Wyoming and increase our graduates’ competencies in treating and preventing addiction."