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Since 2012, BHIPP has collaborated with Salisbury University to offer regionally specific social work co-location in select Maryland primary care practices in the Mid and Lower Shore and Western Maryland. From 2019-2023, BHIPP partnered with Morgan State University to expand this model to Baltimore City practices and address the unique needs of urban providers and families.
In this model, Master of Social Work (MSW) students are trained and placed in primary care offices to serve as co-located mental health providers. BHIPP provides training and hosts monthly consultation calls that allow each student to present a case and receive feedback from BHIPP consultants and BHIPP staff from partner Universities. In partnership with faculty from partner universities, BHIPP engages with and supports the host sites through regular practice visits. BHIPP also supports and trains the MSW students on the use of our core program services to enhance the PCPs’ experience.
In addition to increasing access to evidence-based behavioral health treatment services for patients at the host sites, the co-location component of BHIPP contributes to the development of the local behavioral health workforce.
BHIPP is supported by funding from the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration and operates as a collaboration between the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,and Salisbury University.
BHIPP and this website are also supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $433,296 with approximately 20% financed by non-governmental sources. The contents of this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information, visit www.hrsa.gov.
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