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HRSA BHWET Stipend Program

For Academic Year 2018-19

Due: 5 PM on Monday, April 2nd

MSU Denver Department of Social Work and CSU School of Social Work are pleased to announce that we have received a New HSRA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals Project (BHWET) grant.  The grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The full grant award is for four years in the amount of $1.92 million with $479,999 awarded for each academic year.  MSU Denver is excited to have continued participation with this project that positions MSW practitioners to be on the cutting edge of current practice trends as health care and behavioral health care become more integrated under the Affordable Care Act.

The nature of the grant is to:

  1. Provide $10,000 field placement stipends to concentration year or advanced standing MSW students who are placed at agencies serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas.
  2. Provide students with specialized behavioral health training in how to work with populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas.
  3. Position stipend recipients to succeed in addressing the behavioral health needs of this vulnerable population with particular attention to addressing the needs of multi-cultural and multi-lingual clients and communities.
  4. Build a network of professionals and agencies which collaborate in providing interdisciplinary services to vulnerable, at risk, medically underserved, or rural populations and their families with particular attention to work within interprofessional teams and contexts with specific training in and with integrated primary care agencies.

To that end we encourage you to review the application documents to consider if your field placement and career interests are appropriate for you to apply for one of the stipends.  Carefully review the application as there are conditions to the award.

Who can apply?

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for the HRSA BHWET Stipend Program for the 2018-19 academic year:

  • Current MSW Concentration Year (includes Advanced Standing) students who will be in their concentration placement and/or final year of the MSW program in the 2018-2019 academic year and are in good academic standing in the program.
  • Students completing a field placement that:
    • Focuses on clinical work serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas; AND,
    • Provides interprofessional learning experiences (learning experiences among a group of individuals from two or more professions).

While not required, preference will be given to applications from students who are in field placements that meet the following criteria:

  • A placement which includes a focus on prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for those at risk for engaging in harmful behaviors, including violence
  • Interventions which involve families
  • A placement in an integrated primary care setting
  • A placement in a problem solving court
  • A placement which works with multilingual and multicultural populations

Students may or may not have secured a field placement at the time of the stipend interview. If students are awarded a stipend, they must accept a field placement at a qualifying agency and complete the Agency Verification form prior to receiving stipend funds. Please review the application materials so that you are able to discuss learning activities with your potential field placements.

Student Obligations:

If chosen to receive the HRSA BHWET Stipend and accept the funds, students must:

  • Successfully complete all required MSW coursework
  • Successfully complete the required field placement in an approved agency
  • Commit to working in Colorado at an approved agency serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas for a period of time equivalent to 12 months post-graduation
  • Complete the HRSA BHWET Stipend Program inter-professional training seminar program. These seminars are hybrid which means that they will have online and on campus components. This seminar is NOT for credit and is REQUIRED.
  • **MSU Denver students must enroll in a HRSA-designated field course**

Click here to access the HRSA BHWET Stipend Application

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