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Department of Social Work Receives $399,900 Federal Grant

Award will help address need for greater access to behavioral health services in southern Minnesota.

2017-09-19
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-19-2017

Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Social Work has received a four-year, $399,900 federal Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

David Beimers, associate professor and chair of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Social Work, said the award would help to address the significant regional need for greater access to behavioral health services in southern Minnesota.

Beimers said the grant would do that by training master of social work students who are committed to completing internships in integrated behavioral health settings and – after graduation – practicing as behavioral health care professionals in rural settings and with rural populations.

Much of southern Minnesota has a shortage of mental health professionals, Beimers said, and this new federal initiative is designed to help reduce that shortage.

Over the four-year period, the grant will support 24 master of social work students through financial stipends, behavioral health internships, enhanced curriculum and access to trainings and conferences that emphasize interdisciplinary behavioral health practice, particularly in a rural setting.

The initiative will also support a series of interprofessional behavioral healthcare workshops for faculty and students in behavioral health disciplines from across the University, and provide professional development and training opportunities for community practitioners.

Beimers said the training of master of social work students in behavioral health care would occur through new and expanded partnerships with agency settings, including the Mayo Clinic Health System, Open Door Health Center, Counseling Services of Southern Minnesota, Fernbrook Family Center, Southwestern Mental Health Center, South Central Crisis Center and Five Rivers Mental Health Clinic.

The four-year grant project period is from Sept. 30 through Sept. 29, 2021.

For more information, contact David Beimers, associate professor and chair of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Social Work, by phone at 507-389-6190 or by email at david.beimers@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Social Work is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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