UMSL, Mizzou get federal grant to train social workers

ST. LOUIS • The University of Missouri campuses in St. Louis and Columbia received a $1.8 million grant this week to train more social workers in assisting underserved populations.

The four-year grant comes from a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will help the two universities fund a combined total of 120 graduate students.

These UMSL and Mizzou students will work with community partners and agencies to gain clinical experience. The grant also will connect them with jobs in “crucial areas” after their program is complete. During training, students will focus on working with urban and rural populations across Missouri.

“This is important work happening in important places,” Sharon Johnson, dean of UMSL’s School of Social Work, said in a statement. “Being able to build an educated and experienced workforce to deliver needed behavioral health services to vulnerable individuals and their families is beyond beneficial — it’s necessary.”

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