What is BHWISE-IOWA?

The 2022-2023 academic year is the last training year for the IOWA Fellowship.

BHWISE-IOWA (Behavioral Health Workforce Integration Service and Education- Interprofessional Opioid Workforce Advancement) is a HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) funded fellowship program.  This program is designed to build the behavioral health workforce to meet the needs of those affected by opioid and other substance use disorders, as well as co-morbid health conditions.  BHWISE-IOWA trains 11 social work students, alongside 4 psychiatric nurse practitioner students from the School of Nursing, and 1 psychiatric resident from the School of Medicine.  The BHWISE-IOWA fellowship prepares students for interprofessional and integrated practice in underserved and under-privileged communities in the Baltimore-Washington Metro Region and beyond. Students participate in the fellowship for one year.  Students  work in field placement settings with behavioral health providers that offer medication-assisted treatment and other evidence-based approaches to opioid use disorder and co-morbid health conditions for individuals, families and groups.  Our long-term goal is to expand the behavioral health workforce in the fields of social work, advanced practice nursing, and addiction psychiatry to deliver integrated mental health and substance use disorder services in interdisciplinary treatment settings.     

BHWISE-IOWA social work students are supported in their advanced practicum through a stipend of $10,000 per student. Eleven students are selected each year as BHWISE IOWA fellows. 

The 2022-2023 academic year is the last training year for the IOWA Fellowship.

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