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HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Trainee Program Focusing on SUD/OUD

The University of Michigan School of Social Work has received a supplemental HRSA grant that provides stipends for workforce development in integrated behavioral health and primary care with a clinical focus on substance use disorders (SUD) and opioid use disorders (OUD). The primary field placements will be at the four HRSA Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC's) sites in Detroit and with secondary field opportunities within the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) Network agencies that serve individuals living with SUD or OUD.

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 and to improve services for substance use disorders and opioid use disorder in HRSA Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The HRSA Program addresses a critical need for more clinicians to work with transitional age youth and adults living with SUD or OUD in the Detroit community. By completing the HRSA Program, you will be prepared to work in behavioral health clinical positions in integrated health, primary care, mental health and behavioral health settings (especially focused on SUD and OUD), hospitals, health departments, health agencies, schools, or nonprofit agencies.

Program Funding

  • Each incoming HRSA trainee focusing on SUD/OUD will receive $5,000 per semester ($20,000 total for four terms or $15,000 total for three terms).
  • In addition, all trainees 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 SUD and OUD
  • Integrative Capstone seminar

Each Trainee will complete a field internship/placement at one of the four Federally Qualified Health Centers in Detroit and with a secondary placement opportunity in the DWMHA provider network of agencies that work with clients living with SUD or OUD.

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.


  • 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.
  • Upon completion, trainees are expected to seek employment in integrated health, mental and behavioral health settings that primarily serve transitional age youth or adults with psychiatric disabilities or SUD/OUD disorders in medically underserved communities. The priority location is Detroit.


  • All MSW applicants interested in working with transitional age youth or adults living with SUD/OUD disorders 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 Program focusing on SUD/OUD, please complete and submit the application including all supporting documents via email to

Apply to the HRSA Program Focusing on SUD/OUD

Note that it will be more likely to be accepted into the HRSA Program focusing on SUD/OUD if you select the Interpersonal Practice method concentration.

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