The Governor’s Institute (GI) has gotten a shot in the arm for two of its primary initiatives: training the next generation of health care providers on substance use disorder treatments and training people who interact with military connected individuals experiencing mental health disorders. 


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded more than $123 million in funding to provide multifaceted support to communities and health care providers as the nation continues to combat the overdose epidemic. The Governor’s Institute was awarded the Providers Clinical Support System – Universities Grant. This 3-year program will enable the Governor’s Institute to continue its work with NC universities, funding education and training in Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for students pursuing careers in the medical, physician assistant and nurse practitioner fields. The new 3-year grant will focus on one Physician Assistant program (Pfieffer University) and two Nurse Practitioner programs (East Carolina University and Winston-Salem State University). The GI was awarded a similar 3-year PCSS U grant in 2018 to work with four medical schools in NC.


In addition, SAMHSA awarded the Governor’s Institute a second grant, Mental Health Awareness Training, to train and support emergency first responders, law enforcement, school personal, Veterans and other community members to more effectively identify and respond appropriately to Veterans and service members experiencing mental health issues in their communities.


The GI’s David Roddenberry, NC Serves Transition Director, said, “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to offer this vital training to Veterans, service members, families, and those who serve them across our state. Thank you to our amazing partners- the USO, Veteran Services of the Carolinas, Veterans Bridge Home, and others for their support. We believe that Mental Health First Aid is the right intervention at the right time and look forward to truly making a difference on behalf of North Carolina’s military-connected population.”



Learn more about the SAMHSA grant for training around mental health disorders here: