INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Last Month, Martin University, Indiana’s only Predominantly Black Institution (PBI), received a $100,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation to launch a revised Community Psychology master’s program for health counselors and clinical addictions counselors. The organization and the institution are coming together to enhance the mental health and substance abuse disorder workforce to address the ongoing challenges impacting Indiana communities.

The program at Martin University will train students to counsel persons with mental health and addiction issues. The mental health/addictions counseling needs for communities of color have historically been underserved. While there are many contributors to this, one fact is that persons from communities of color preferred to be counseled by persons who look like them in a culturally relevant environment. By increasing the workforce of African American counselors, there will be more opportunities for Black clients to receive needed counseling services from someone who comes from the same culture as themselves.

People with a substance abuse disorder ofter have other mental health illnesses, the most common being depression and anxiety disorder. Studies show that more than 50% who have a serious mental illness also have substance use or abuse disorder. It is estimated that 10 percent of adults in the United States have a drug use disorder at some point in their lives. In Indiana, there were over 14,000 visits to the emergency room for substance abuse issues and 1,026 deaths due to drug misuse in 2018. It is estimated that in Marion County, there are at least 9,000 individuals with opioid use disorder and about 40,000 people who misuse opioids.

About Martin University
As Indiana’s only Predominately Black Institution of Higher Education, Martin University educates and develops diverse workforce-ready students in an inclusive, supportive and collegiate environment. For more information, visit www.martin.edu.

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