The College of Social Work has been awarded a 4-year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to prepare students and health care professionals for work in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) in primary care settings. The Principal Investigator for the grant is Karen Badger, Ph.D., MSW (CHS); Co-Investigators are Pam Weeks, J.D., MSW (COSW), Bill Elder, Ph.D. (COM), and Jarod Giger, Ph.D. (COSW). The Integrated Behavioral Health Special Area of Study will be offered on UK’s main campus and at UK MSW program off-campus sites in Eastern Kentucky to full and part-time MSW students in their last 30 credit hours of the MSW program. The IBH specialization includes primary care field placements and training activities to further expand Kentucky’s integrated behavioral health workforce in primary care.
The purpose of this grant is to improve access to behavioral health services in Kentucky for vulnerable and underserved individuals and communities across the lifespan by increasing the number of well-prepared behavioral health social workers in primary care. The grant also supports interprofessional healthcare education to students, faculty, and healthcare providers. MSW students are encouraged to apply; those accepted for the IBH Special Area of Study are eligible for HRSA stipends up to $10,000.
Benefits of Participating:
Earn a stipend during the last 30 credit hours of the MSW program (part-time students: $5000; full-time students: $10,000)
Develop expertise in behavioral health care within a primary care field placement
Work with an interprofessional behavioral healthcare team
Receive supervision by an experienced clinical social worker
Participate in a behavioral healthcare conference
Participate in “Go Deep” related learning experiences to build your IBH knowledge and skills
Gain experience working with vulnerable and underserved communities and individuals across the lifespan
The program is open to University of Kentucky graduate students admitted to the Master of Social Work program with the Clinical Social Work Concentration.
Application to IBH and the Master of Social Work program is open to all undergrads from the social sciences fields
Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 in social science courses; 3.50 preferred
In addition, a student must earn a first semester Master of Social Work GPA of 3.50 or above
Students must submit a two-page paper on interest in behavioral health care in a primary care setting