MSU Denver

The purpose of this project is to increase the supply of diverse behavioral health professionals who are trained to integrate evidence-based practice, emerging practice models, and telehealth service delivery to medically underserved children, adolescents, and transition-age youth and their families in Colorado. To that end the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $1.9 million (over 4 years) to MSU Denver MSW program to fund $10,000 scholarships for 29 concentration year clinical social work students who plan to work with children, youth, transition-age youth and their families in vulnerable, rural, or medically underserved areas.

This opportunity includes: a $10,000 stipend, specialized field placement, and training program with a focus on integrated behavioral health care which provides services to children, adolescents, and/or transitional age youth in rural and medically underserved areas.

What is the HRSA Integrative Care Stipend Program?

The HRSA Integrative Care Stipend Program is a federally funded workforce development program available to concentration year and/or final year Social Work graduate students who are interested in committing to strengthening the workforce in Colorado by focusing on integrated behavioral health care.

The program’s goal is to improve health equity by building, strengthening and innovating through integration, the behavioral health care workforce in Colorado.

HRSA invests in the workforce by providing stipend funding and supplementary training to MSW student scholars who are passionate about health equity, and whose career interests (field placement and employment) align with the goals of the HRSA Program.

If selected to participate in the program, students will:

  • Work with your field team so they can advise you on appropriate placements.
  • Engage in a HRSA designated field placement.
  • Sign up for the designated HRSA field seminar course.
  • Participate in specialized trainings one time per month.
  • Receive 10 payments of $1,000 over the course of the academic year.

Participants are obligated to work for one year in a behavioral, mental, or integrated health care setting which provides services to children, youth, transition-age youth and their families in vulnerable, rural, or medically underserved areas.

Stipend Program Eligibility

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Current MSW Program student; AND
  • Entering their Concentration Field Placement in their Concentration/Final year of the MSW Program in the 2022-2023 academic year; AND
  • In good academic standing; AND
  • Willing to complete a field placement in a HRSA eligible agency.

Stipend Program Application

Successful applicants will complete the application package and engage in an interview with the HRSA faculty. Applications are due March 18, 2022 at 5:00 PM (Mountain Time) and candidates will be interviewed in April (exact date to be determined).

To apply, please complete and submit the following by 5:00 PM (Mountain Time) on Friday, March 18, 2022:

  • Online Application Form
  • 1 to 2 page Resume
  • Typed Cover Letter (1 page maximum)
  • Two Recommendations – one of which MUST be from a faculty member in your current graduate MSW program. Please use the provided recommendation form.
    • Advanced Standing students: if you are starting the MSW Program in Summer 2022 as a full-time student and entering a field placement in Fall 2022, you are eligible and your recommendation letters will come from your BSSW Program faculty.

Please contact Jocelyn Galindo, Student Services Specialist, at [email protected] with any questions regarding this opportunity!