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Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Training Program

The WVU School of Social Work has been awarded a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funding will support expansion of the Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Training Program (IMBTP) originally funded by HRSA in 2012. The newly funded project, known as theIMBTP-2, will support the training of 40 MSW students between 2014-2017 in integrated mental and behavioral health with a focus on practice with children, adolescents, and transitional age youth. The IMBTP-2 will emphasize prevention and clinical intervention with children, adolescents, and transitional age youth at risk for (or who have already developed) behavioral health disorders, with particular focus on integration with primary care, violence prevention, and family involvement in prevention and treatment. IMBTP-2 trainees will receive $10,000 in stipend support when completing their advanced field placement within the WVU M.S.W. program. The IMBTP-2 will support 3 cohorts of students with graduation dates of May 2016, 2017, and 2018. Interested applicants apply the year prior to their advanced year in theMSW program.

Program Details

Advantages to participation in the IMBTP include the following:

  1. integrated behavioral health and primary care services;
  2. integrated prevention and treatment services;
  3. integrated child and family services;
  4. integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment;
  5. integrated school and community services.

Additional materials describing the IMBTP-2 components are available upon request.

Application Criteria

Criteria for selection in the IMBTP include:

Please note that this is a competitive application and selection process with 10 students to be accepted in Cohort 1 (Graduation date May 2016), 15 in Cohort 2 (Graduation date May 2017), and 15 in Cohort 3 (Graduation Date May 2018).

Questions? Contact Carrie Rishel at or Helen Hartnett at