The new program pays tuition for rural, low-income UCCS students pursuing a master’s degree in social work

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — A new program pays tuition for rural, low-income students in southern Colorado pursuing a master’s degree in social work.

11 News spoke to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs about the new, Behavioral Health Incentive Program. The Colorado Department of Higher Education approved $5 million in grants to five universities that will educate students pursuing select degrees and certifications in behavioral health to expand the workforce.

“The behavioral health needs in our community are profound. We have a labor shortage in Colorado that existed before Covid,” said Dr. Catherine Simmons, Professor and Director of the Master of Social Work program at UCCS.

UCCS has the newest social work program in Colorado. UCCS is still working out details on which students will qualify but hopes to fund the first round of students this fall.

“The mental health system in Colorado has reached its limits. We cannot solve the behavioral health problems in our community without first ensuring we have a well-trained workforce. Without a well-trained workforce, we cannot help those in need,” Simmons said.

The five institutions, their eligible programs and grants are:

  • Colorado Mesa University ($421,481)
    BSW in social work
    MSW in social work
    Professional Certification in Addiction Research
  • Colorado State University ($1,746,673)
    MA in Addiction Counseling in Psychology
    BS with a focus on addiction counseling
    MA in Human Development & Family Studies/Marriage and Family Therapy
    MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    MA Social Work
    BA Social Work
    Joint Masters in Addiction Counseling in Psychology and Social Work
  • University of Northern Colorado ($1,585,457)
    MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    MA in Educational Psychology
    MA in Fundamentals of Occupational Psychology
    MA in Marriage, Counseling and Family Counseling/Therapy
  • University of Denver ($1,014,222)
    Master of Social Work
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs ($232,167)
    Master of Social Work

Copyright 2022 KKTV. All rights reserved.

Comments are closed.