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HRSA's BHWET Award Supports 58 Social Work Programs


ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the 2017 award recipients of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is very pleased to share that of the 136 programs receiving grant money, 58 support social work programs. This is especially noteworthy given that social work was excluded from the 2016 funding opportunity. CSWE worked with congressional champions and HRSA to ensure social work was included in the 2017 opportunity.

HRSA hopes to make significant contributions to the development and growth of the behavioral health workforce through the BHWET program, seeking to serve populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas. Seeking to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce, the program places special emphasis on establishing or expanding internships or field placement programs in behavioral health that include interdisciplinary training for students, interns, faculty members, and field supervisors. The BHWET program is among only a few federal sources of funding that help strengthen the pipeline of social workers in behavioral health.
Congratulations to the following social work programs that have been awarded grant money through the 2017 BHWET program:

Alabama A & M University
California University of Pennsylvania
Case Western Reserve University
College of St Scholastica
Dominican University
Florida International University
Howard University
Lehman College, The City University of New York
Louisiana State University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Minnesota State University, Mankato
North Carolina State University
Portland State University
Radford University
Rhode Island College
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Simmons College
Southern Illinois University
Spalding University
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Texas State University
University of Arkansas
University at Buffalo School of Social Work
University of California, Berkeley
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Houston

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maryland
University of Memphis
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of Montana
University of New England
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas of El Paso
University of Washington
University of New Hampshire
Wayne State University
West Chester University
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
Western Michigan University
Westfield State University
Widener University
Yeshiva University

“We are so pleased to see the outstanding representation of schools and programs of social work,” said CSWE President and CEO Darla Spence Coffey. “We are grateful for the partnership with HRSA that once again extends these opportunities to social work, given the critical role social workers play in the behavioral health field.”

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association for social work education in the United States. Its members include more than 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories. Learn more at

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
HRSA programs help those in need of high quality primary health care, people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women and mothers. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.

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