Update October 2017:
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 health care. P.I. 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). This new grant will expand the IBH specialization to include our main and eastern Kentucky campus sites, and will accept full and part-time students in their last 30 credit hours of the MSW program. This grant supports continued enhancement of MSW course content and practicum experiences focused on inter-professional healthcare education and behavioral health for vulnerable populations across the life span in rural and medically under-served communities. MSW students are encouraged to apply; those accepted for the IBH Specialization are eligible for HRSA stipends up to $ 10,000.
The MSW program Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Special Area of Study is the result of a new grant received by the University of Kentucky College of Social Work from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of this grant is to improve access to behavioral health services for vulnerable and underserved individuals and communities across the life span by increasing the number of well-prepared behavioral health social workers in primary care through Kentucky, and by increasing interprofessional healthcare education to students, faculty, and healthcare providers. 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, and will include field placements in primary care clinics along with training activities to further expand Kentucky’s behavioral health workforce in primary care.
Benefits of Participating in this Program:
IBH program students:
- 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
Requirements and How To Apply to this Program
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
- For the Fall 2018 Semester:
- Applications accepted between November 1st 2017 to March 1st 2018
This project was made possible by grant #G02HP27983, which was received by the University of Kentucky College of Social Work in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Family and Community Medicine from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the White House “The Time is Now” initiative. The grant’s purpose is to improve access to behavioral health services for at risk children, adolescents and transition age adults by increasing the number of well-prepared behavioral health social workers in primary care throughout Kentucky.