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 aim 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. Those students 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” learning experiences to build IBH knowledge and skills
Work with vulnerable and underserved communities and individuals across the lifespan
The IBH Special Area of Study is an option for Master of Social Work students in their final 30-hours of the MSW program.
All undergraduates who meet the Special Area of Study requirement may apply to both IBH and the Master of Social Work program.
Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2.
Students enrolled in the University of Kentucky Master of Social Work 60-hour program must earn a first semester GPA of 3.50 or above to be considered.
Students must submit a two-page paper addressing their interest in working with underserved or vulnerable populations across the lifespan in integrated behavioral health care settings.