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MDHHS program seeks to increase master’s degree-level social workers in the state

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Social workers can receive $30 thousand from the state if they pursue their master’s degrees and work in Michigan after graduation

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is making $5 million available to 12 universities offering $30 thousand stipends to students who get a master’s degree in social work and commit to working in behavioral health in the state for two years after graduation.

The goal is to increase the number of master’s degree-level social workers in the behavioral health workforce throughout the state.

Officials anticipate up to 150 students will obtain their master’s degrees through the program.

Students are required to enroll in a full-time advanced Master of Social Work program which is generally three semesters, or one year.

The twelve universities that received the funding include Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Michigan State, and the University of Michigan among others.

Those universities will now work to contract eligible students into the programs.

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