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Prior to coming to KIPRC in January 2020, Joseph graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a duel Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and in Police Studies (2015). Then obtaining a Master’s of Science in Criminology (2017) during which he assisted his graduate professor in quantitative and qualitative research regarding Pregnant and Post-Partum individuals utilizing MAT to combat their SUD/OUD. In completing the program, he wrote his thesis evaluating the training police officers in Kentucky gain from the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Post University work, he gained much experience with co-occurring mental/behavioral health diagnoses. This was done by working for an organizations Children in Community Care program that assisted Children in the Foster System with co-occurring mental/behavioral health and developmental disorders with daily living/therapeutic activities.

Currently working on the Rural Community Opioid Response Program – Rural Center of Excellence with a focus on Recovery Housing grant from HRSA in collaboration with the Fletcher Group Inc. Joseph coordinates efforts on research projects, data management for reports, process development for various efforts, and assists in the creation of the National and State Level Recovery Housing Portal (onboarding, recruitment, outreach, and training).