Dr. Likcani Awarded SAMHSA Grant to Rebuild Communities of Recovery in Missouri


Dr. Adriatik Likcani, a Doctoral Fellow of the MFP Inaugural cohort (2007), is very familiar with change and transition. After completing the Fellowship program, Likcani transitioned from a student, through the MFT licensure and Clinical hours process, to become a practitioner, researcher, grants administrator, and professor. 

In 2013, Likcani joined the University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO) as a full-time faculty member and contributed to the development of the first MFT program in a public university in Missouri. As an Associate Professor, he never wanted to be disconnected from the role of practitioner. So, during his time as a professor, he balanced his time to be able to be involved at a micro, mezzo and macro level with practice, involving the ATR project in Missouri (2006-2018, when ATR retired). As a part of the project, Likcani was joined by a group of leaders across Missouri who formed the Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers (http://mcrsp.org/). The MCRSP is a group of faith-based and community-based provider organizations who focused on sustainability of services statewide in Missouri (post ATR funding). The MCRSP developed a strategic plan for engaging in advocacy at grassroots with community stakeholders, at the state level with Missouri’s government institutions, at the highest level of government, and at the regional and federal levels with SAMHSA Regional Administrator and HHS Regional Director for Region 7 and elected officials at the federal level. 

Dr. Likcani sees value in connecting academia with industry and his research goals. Presently, Likcani and his team, through Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR), continue to embrace diversity and representation of various underserved populations across Missouri. The BCOR is funded by a SAMHSA grant. The grant focuses on building infrastructure for communities of recovery. The grant allows for sustainability of recovery support services statewide to underserved populations which includes ethnic minorities. SAMHSA will continue to fund this project for the next two years as the group focuses on building communities of recovery across Missouri, reduce stigma, promote advocacy, help establish local recovery-oriented systems of care in communities, and assist recovery support providers in securing funding as they continue to serve individuals and families in or seeking recovery in Missouri.

The process of Building Communities of Recovery and the efforts to apply for SAMHSA funding have been a very rewarding project for him. As a result, Likcani continues to grow in his career as a practitioner and researcher and mentor. Adriatik’s involvement with industry leaders and policymakers continues to enhance his teaching. Adriatik’s passion to bridge the gap between research and practice guides his desire to help individuals and families in or seeking recovery concerning the opioid crisis in communities. Currently, his research on interventions involving the opioid crisis is supported by the Missouri Department of Mental Health through SAMHSA's State Opioid Response (SOR) grant. Dr. Likcani is working with a team of researchers and practitioners to develop, implement and evaluate a family systems-based pilot program to engage and educate families in the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other drugs, and to enhance access to evidence-based services for individual and families suffering from OUD and other substances. 

Adriatik encourages the students that he teaches to be involved in his research and opportunities that exist within the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. As an MFP Alumni, Adriatik is full of excitement that a student in his program can experience additional training appointments and support from the MFP program as an MFP Youth Fellow (Masters). The effects of his research and involvement impacts the students that he leads, teaches, and develops. Adriatik has seen several benefits including but not limited to: student exposure to service with the populations that BCOR serves, career/professional development, and realization of self.

With much gratitude, Adriatik is grateful for the contact with the individuals and families that are continually helped by the BCOR organization. Relating his success to training in family systems, he is eager to reach more individuals and families who desperately need help in the areas of opioid use. Through the training received from the MFP, Likcani felt able to develop research that has an impact on the improvement of substance abuse services to underrepresented and ethnic minority populations and to work towards development of family systems interventions and models in treating substance use disorders.