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MHC, MDE, MSU, GVSU, CMU, Wayne State, UofM, JCISD, Cedar Springs School District, GIRESD, Wayne RESA

State Department and Agencies

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Impacted

Occupations Requiring an MSW

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers AND healthcare workforce retention

Workforce Issue Addressed

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; improving staffing shortage


Michigan Earn, Learn, and Serve in Schools (Mi-ELSiS) is a program that recruits graduate students studying School Social Work, School Psychology, and School Counseling to complete their field-work and a year-long service obligation at a school in a high-need local educational agencies in Michigan. Graduate students in the Mi-ELSiS program receive a $20,000 stipend that can be used to pay for their tuition, transportation, or other related expenses. Supervisors at the high-need schools will also receive a stipend for helping to train the graduate students.The goals of the program are to increase the number of school mental health providers in four high-need local educational agencies in Michigan and to retain those providers by hiring around half of the graduate students after the completion of the program.

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