Behavioral Health Workforce Development Program
Easterseals MORC, Oakland University
Social work students; Occupations Requiring an MSW
Workforce Development Focus
Increasing number of healthcare workers AND healthcare workforce retention
Workforce Issues Addressed
Attracting and training individuals to work in a healthcare profession; providing a benefit or incentive that encourages individuals to pursue a healthcare profession; any activity or implement that addresses reducing healthcare professional turnover
The Behavioral Health Workforce Development Program is a partnership between Oakland University's Social Work and Counseling programs and Easterseals MORC. The partnership allows preferential acceptance for Easterseals MORC employees into Oakland University's MSW or Counseling programs, 25 paid internships for OU students with Easterseals MORC per year, 10 full-tuition scholarships for OU graduate students per year, and a 10% tuition discount for up to 50 Easterseals MORC employees to attend one of OU's programs. OU students who accept a scholarship and complete required internship hours must work at Easterseals MORC for 3 years after graduation. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of licensed behavioral health professionals in Michigan and in the OU area.