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By: Laura Damron |
August 9, 2019
The University of Pikeville has been awarded a $750,000 competitive grant supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Funding will be utilized by UPIKE to create a Master of Social Work (MSW) program containing a specialization in mental health and addictions.
MSW will contribute to the opioid workforce expansion program by increasing the
number of professionals trained to transform integrated behavioral health and
primary care teams, as well as to effectively prevent and treat substance abuse
in community-based practices. The grant will aid the MSW program with student
recruitment, personnel attainment, professional development, stipends for
students and other key functions.
grateful that HRSA invested in our Master of Social Work program in such a
significant way,” said UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D. “This investment
will benefit the entire region by expanding the number of social work
professionals trained in Appalachia with the skills needed to address the
problems we all face together.”
Goals of the grant-funded project include, but are not limited to, placing a significant percentage of students in training areas with high levels of opioid/substance abuse disorder and having 75 percent of graduates employed in high-need areas.
MSW is a 12-month program and hopes to welcome its inaugural class in the fall