The Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has funded a new Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training program at Case Western Reserve University.
A multidisciplinary team of researchers, lead by Principal Investigator Amy Korsch-Williams of the Center on Trauma and Adversity at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has received a $1.9 million award over four years to provide specialized training experiences for social work, psychiatric nursing and doctoral psychology students.
The training program is a collaboration between the Mandel School, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and MetroHealth. The award will begin on Sept. 1, 2021 and will fund specialized training in behavioral health to 111 students over the project period:
- 85 social work students
- 19 psychiatric mental health nursing practitioner students (PMHNPs)
- 3 doctor of nursing practice students (DNPs)
- 3 doctoral psychology students in MetroHealth's Psychology Residency Program
A focus of the program will be training students in trauma-informed, evidence-based practices to expand and improve behavioral health services for racial, ethnic and sexual and gender minority youth.
Participating students receive HRSA funded stipends while completing training experiences. Co-investigators David Hussey (Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education), Britt Nielsen (MetroHealth) and Susan Painter (FPBSN) are key leaders on this initiative.
The team has received three HRSA awards totalling $4.3 million since 2017, through which they have funded a total of 155 social work, 49 PMHNP, 12 psychology and 9 DNP trainee stipends.
The community training sites for the Integrated Behavioral Health Training program include:
- The Centers
- Neighborhood Family Practice
- New Directions
- Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.
- Positive Education Program
- St. Vincent Charity Medical Center