Drs. Frey (SSW) and Cloeren (SOM) Receive Funds from Maryland Department of Health for Their Opioid


Dr. Marianne Cloeren (UMSOM) and Dr. Jodi Frey (UMSSW) are Co-Principal Investigators on a new grant project, entitled, Workplace PROSPER: Partnering to Reduce Opioid Stigma and Promote Employment in Recovery. This competitive award in response to a Request for Applications (RFA), “Improving Management of and Response to Opioids in the Maryland Workplace” is funded under two U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreements with the Maryland Department of Health. The grant will run 7/1/2020 – 11/30/2022.

The purpose of this project is to provide expertise that will help the State of Maryland develop a durable and sustainable set of resources to support employees and employers related to opioid use and recovery in the workplace. The overall goals of this project are to improve workplace safety, prevent opioid overdoses, increase access to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), and promote non-discriminatory work practices for employees recovering from OUD. These priorities were identified by a November, 2018 workshop on Opioids in the Maryland Workplace, convened by the Maryland Department of Health.

This project will be led by Dr. Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACP, an Occupational Medicine physician and instructional designer as the Lead Principal Investigator, in collaboration with Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, a leading scholar in adult behavioral health and the workplace. Both are experienced clinicians with decades of researching, teaching and practicing in the intersection of work, behavioral health, and social issues.

Drs. Cloeren and Frey are currently collaborating on Operation PROSPER (Peer Reintegration and Other Services Promoting Employment in Recovery), funded by UMB through the Institute for Clinical Translational Research (ICTR) Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot (ATIP) program grant and the Center for Addiction Research, Education and Services (CARES) grant. These grants focus on addressing the barriers to employment in Baltimore City among patients receiving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for OUD in University of Maryland affiliated treatment programs and clinics. The newly funded Workplace PROSPER project will expand the team’s reach to include increased collaboration with employers, health and behavioral health providers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other worker advocates across the State, strengthening existing and building new partnerships that leverage the expertise and perspectives of the wide range of Stakeholders who care about this issue. To learn more about this project, see https://www.ssw.umaryland.edu/prosper/.

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