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HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Trainee Program

The University of Michigan School of Social Work has received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant that provides stipends for workforce development in integrated behavioral health and primary care with a clinical focus.  The field placements will be in the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) Network of over 80 Contract Agencies in the Detroit area.

The program aims to improve the availability of integrated behavioral health and primary care services with individuals across the life-span living with behavioral health challenges in medically underserved communities. The HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Trainees Program addresses a critical need for more clinicians to work with adults with psychiatric disabilities and racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with behavioral health difficulties in the Detroit community. By completing the HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Program, you will be prepared to work in behavioral health clinical positions in integrated health, primary care, mental health and behavioral health settings, hospitals, health departments, health agencies, schools, or nonprofit agencies.

Program Funding

  • Each incoming HRSA Scholar will receive $5,000 per semester ($20,000 total for four terms or $15,000 total for three terms).
  • In addition, all scholars will receive $700.00 to support the costs of traveling to Detroit for field placement or for attending workshops/conference.

Specialized Courses and Training:

  • an Integrative Behavioral Health and Primary Care Practice Course
  • an Integrative Health Policy Course
  • an Inter-professional Course on Clinical Decision Making
  • mini courses focusing on Interprofessional Education and other Integrated Health topics
  • Integrative Capstone seminar

Each Trainee will complete a field internship/placement in the DWMHA provider network that serves adults with psychiatric disabilities or racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with behavioral health challenges and their families in the Detroit community.

Special Field Placement Opportunities:

Trainees participate in the inter-professional field internship training program at the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority (DWMHA ) focusing on development of competencies and skills in IPE and for work in integrated behavioral health and primary care settings.

Eligibility/Criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Enroll as a full-time MSW student in the 16-month or advanced standing curriculum.
  • Select the interpersonal practice method concentration and any practice area.
  • Focus on Integrated Behavioral Health and Health through specialized courses and training.
  • Acceptance by one of the field placement sites in the DWMHA provider network and pass any required background checks and/or drug screenings.
  • Work in integrated health, mental and behavioral health settings that primarily serve adults with psychiatric disabilities or racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth who are living with behavioral health difficulties in medically underserved communities upon completion of the program.

Application

  • All MSW applicants interested in working with adults with psychiatric disabilities and racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with behavioral health difficulties in the Detroit community are invited to apply.
  • Application deadlines: December 15, 2018 (early application), February 1, 2019 (priority), March 1, 2019. Selection of applicants will be made from all dates with priority given to those applicants that meet the December and February deadlines.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in fall 2019 must submit their special program application by November 2, 2018.
  • Financial need will be considered in the review of special program applications.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship deadline.
  • If you would like to apply to the HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Trainee Program, please answer "yes" to the question, "Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?" found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW online application and then select the HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Trainee Program checkbox. The HRSA Scholars Program application pages will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
  • Be sure to include your name and "HRSA Scholars Program Statement" in the upper corner of your statement.
  • Note that it will be more likely to be accepted into the HRSA Scholars Program if you select the Interpersonal Practice method concentration.

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