The Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative (BHWDI) supports master’s level mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers committed to serving individuals and families with mental health and substance use challenges.
Thirteen universities are participating across the state. A network of more than 100 community behavioral health agencies and tribal health centers in Washington serve as student training sites and potential employers in the communities where students want to live and work.
Students participating in the initiative receive grants, up to $51,500, to offset master’s degree expenses by agreeing to serve three years in an approved Washington state community behavioral health agency or tribal health center following their graduation. The initiative also provides expert career placement and mentoring support.
Join the effort to significantly decrease student debt and increase the number and diversity of exceptionally prepared graduates who work in the community agencies on which our state’s most vulnerable populations depend.
Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative
How to Apply
Ronnie San Nicolas
UW Tacoma Ballmer BHWDI liaison
For more information, contact Ronnie San Nicolas.
(Tel. 253-692-5702) | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To be considered for the Ballmer BHWDI, prospective students must first be admitted to the MSW Program. Because the eligibility criterion for the Ballmer BHWDI scholarship is based on student financial need, newly admitted MSW students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).