MSU Denver

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.

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.

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 goals are to diversify the behavioral health care workforce in Colorado while improving health equity by building, strengthening and innovating our integrative care services.

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.

The selected scholars are awarded a $10,000 stipend for the academic year and in return, must participate in a monthly supplemental training program during the academic year, and commit to 12-months of full-time employment in an approved Behavioral Health Care agency in Colorado, post-graduation.

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 (12 months) 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 (including incoming Advanced Standing students);
  • Entering their Concentration Field Placement in their Concentration/Final year of the MSW Program in the 2023-2024 academic year;
  • 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 Friday, March 17, 2023 at 5:00 PM (Mountain Time) and candidates will be interviewed later in the spring (exact dates to be determined).

To apply, please complete and submit the following by 5:00 PM (Mountain Time) on Friday, March 17, 2023:

  • 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 2023 as a full-time student and entering a field placement in Fall 2023, you are eligible and your recommendation letters will come from your BSSW Program faculty.

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