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 Detroit Integrated Health Scholars (DIH) Program addresses a critical need for more clinicians to work with adults with substance use disorders (SUD) and psychiatric disabilities, as well as racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with behavioral health difficulties and SUD in the Detroit and Wayne County community. By completing the DIH, 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.
Approximately two incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers may be selected each year to be Coverdell Fellows and participate in Detroit Integrated Health Scholars.
Funding for 2021-2022 is to be determined.
Specialized Courses and Training
- an Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Adults) Course or Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Children, Youth, Transitional Youth and Families) Course
- an Integrative Health Policy Course
- an Inter-professional Course on Clinical Decision Making
- elective courses focusing on Interprofessional Education (IPE) and other Integrated Health topics
- trainees will be directed to specific sections of the Introduction to Social Work course and Social Work Capstone
- inter-professional field internship training program at the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) focusing on development of competencies and skills in IPE and for work in integrated behavioral health and primary care settings in communities with a shortage of health professionals
Special Field Placement Opportunities
Each DIH Scholar will complete a field internship/placement in the DWIHN provider network that serves adults with SUD, psychiatric disabilities or racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with behavioral health challenges and their families in Detroit/Wayne County.
Each Clinical Scholar must:
- Enroll as a full-time MSW student in the 16-month, MicroMasters MSW, or 12-month (Advanced Standing or UM Sociology & SW) curriculum
- Select the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse pathway
- Focus on clinical social work practice with ethnic and racial minority children, adolescents and/or transitional age youth
- Complete required pathway and Detroit Clinical Scholars program coursework and training
- Be accepted by one of the field placement sites in the DWIHN provider network and pass any required background checks and/or drug screenings.
- Work with racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents, and/or transitional age youth in integrated behavioral health and primary settings, health or mental or behavioral health settings in medically underserved communities upon completion of the program
Due to course and field requirements, dual degree students may not be eligible to participate in this program.
- All applicants to the on-campus MSW program interested in working with adults with SUD or psychiatric disabilities and racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with behavioral health difficulties or SUD in the Detroit/Wayne County community are invited to apply.
- Application deadlines: December 1, 2020 (early application), February 1, 2021 (priority), March 1, 2021. The final deadline has not been set and will be posted at a later date. 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 2021 must submit their special program application by November 2, 2020.
- 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 Detroit Integrated Health Scholars, 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 Detroit Integrated Health Scholars checkbox. The Detroit Integrated Health Scholars Program application page will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
- Be sure to include your name and "Detroit Integrated Health Scholars Statement" in the upper corner of your statement.
- Note that it will be more likely to be accepted into the Detroit Integrated Health Scholars Program if you select the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse pathway.