What is BHWISE-IOWA?
BHWISE-IOWA (Behavioral Health Workforce Integration Service and Education- Interprofessional Opioid Workforce Advancement) is a HRSA 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 conditions. BHWISE-IOWA will train 11 social work students alongside 4 psychiatric nurse practitioner students and a psychiatry resident, preparing them for interprofessional and integrated practice in underserved communities in the Baltimore-Washington Metro Region. Students will participate in the fellowship for one year, and will work with behavioral health providers that offer medication-assisted treatment and other evidence-based approaches to opioid use disorders 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 Fellows will be supported in their advanced practicum through a stipend of $10,000 per student. Eleven students will be selected as BHWISE IOWA Fellows each year for three academic years starting in the fall of 2020.