Rural Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Mentoring Program

No Ongoing Recruitment

Project HOPE, guided by the RCORP-ETC, seeks to eradicate opioid use disorder by expansion of medication assisted treatment services through onsite training and mentoring of both future and current practitioners.

Candidates: Any current or future medical doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner willing to prescribe medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and treat patients suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD).

Requirements for Completion:

  • 8 hours DATA Waiver training
  • 4 hours ECHO sessions
  • 2 hours Syringe Exchange Program participation
  • 40 hours onsite clinical mentoring (Newport and Maryville)

$500 compensation available upon completion.

Fall 2021 Mentees
April Snell       

April Snell has over 20 years of experience assisting children and adults in achieving their therapeutic goals leading to a more satisfying life. Ms. Snell’s approach to therapy is from a systems perspective working within the context of the entire family even when working with individuals. In working with children and adolescents she has training and experience in early childhood brain development, play therapy, and substance abuse treatment both individually and in group settings with adolescents. She is also experienced in providing therapy to adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system dealing with issues such as anger management, violent thinking patterns, and oppositional behavior. Her experience working with adults includes therapeutic settings ranging from vocational/career counseling to providing therapy to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She also has experience in assisting with adjustments to life transitions, mood disorders, family issues, and parenting.

Ms. Snell graduated from Carson Newman University with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2003. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is an Approved State of Tennessee supervisor for Professional Counselor trainee’s working toward licensure and in the process of completing her Approved Supervisor status requirements for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to supervise Marriage and Family Therapy trainee’s. In 2016, Ms. Snell received the North American Council on Adoptable Children Activist Award for her passion in promoting child welfare. In addition to being a therapist she is also a Registered Nurse. Ms. Snell is currently working on her Doctoral Degree at the University of Tennessee in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Cindi Adams 

Cindi Adams is from Knoxville, Tennessee and has been a nurse for 30 years. Ms. Adams earned her BSN at the University of Tennessee (UT) and her MSN-Ed at King University. Ms. Adams’ nursing background is rural home health and psychiatric nursing. She is currently a nursing instructor with the BSN program at UT, and the course coordinator for Population Health clinicals.

After teaching for 5 years, Ms. Adams wanted to return to practice and recently completed the PMHNP post-master’s program at UT in May. Ms. Adams is thankful to be chosen to participate in the RCORP- ETC mentorship program to gain experience in the treatment of opioid use disorder. After completing this program, Ms. Adams hopes to practice in a rural area and be able to meet the needs of underserved populations as she enters this new phase of her nursing career.