PSU receives $1.9M grant to prepare social work students to practice integrated behavioral health
Author: School of Social Work Communications
Posted: October 4, 2017

Portland State University’s School of Social Work recently received a $1.9 million federal grant to prepare social work graduate students to practice effectively in integrated behavioral health settings, particularly to serve people across the lifespan in rural and/or medically underserved communities.

The four-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant for Behavioral Health Workforce for Education and Training will provide education to a new generation of social work professionals with the practice skills to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations throughout Oregon. Of the 136 grants awarded, only 58 were awarded to social work programs and PSU’s is the only one of three awarded in the Northwest.

Led School of Social Work Assistant Professor Ericka Kimball, Ph.D., the Behavioral Health Integration Project (BHIP) will build upon the current Integrated Care Project (ICP) that has educated students in integrated care with a focus on children, youth and families. BHIP will expand the number of social work professionals with education and training in behavioral health integration to work in a variety of health settings across the lifespan. In addition, it will focus on increasing the number of social work professionals with historically marginalized and/or intersectional identities to work in integrated behavioral health care.

29 Master of Social Work students in each project year will be selected to receive a stipend of $10,000 over the nine months of their advanced year of study. In addition, the project will provide professional development funds to field instructors to advance expertise in integrated behavioral health care settings serving rural and/or medically underserved populations.

“The School of Social Work is proud to be part of a group of social work programs nationally who are actively transforming how social work services are delivered,” said Laura Burney Nissen, Ph.D., dean and professor of the School of Social Work at PSU. “The state of Oregon benefits tremendously from this important work. We are gratified to be able to offer our students both financial support as well as cutting edge academic opportunities to define the future of integrated care in the state.”

For more information about the Behavioral Health Integration Project, contact:

Ericka Kimball, Ph.D.