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Behavioral Health Workforce Development Program

Easterseals MORC, Oakland University


Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Impacted

Social work students; Occupations Requiring an MSW

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers AND healthcare workforce retention

Workforce Issue 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.

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