HUNTINGTON — Marshall University has been awarded a federal grant to help children affected by the opioid epidemic.

The Department of Justice awarded the West Virginia school's Department of Social Work a $750,000 grant to develop a coalition that will provide aid to elementary school children in Cabell and Wayne counties.

Peggy Proudfoot Harman is director of the university's master of social work program. She says the initiative is designed for children whose parents are involved in drug-related activity.

The program will connect about a dozen organizations, from first responders to therapists, with the goal to provide trauma-informed behavioral health support through coaching, social work and legal services for students and their family.

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