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Nazareth Partners with Other Colleges to Support Veterans' Behavioral Health

  • Published: December 18, 2012

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Julie Long -Media Relations

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Nazareth Partners with Other Colleges to Support Veterans' Behavioral Health

Nazareth College is proud to be among a consortium of  upstate New York schools of social work to support behavioral health initiatives for veterans. Led by The University at Albany's School of Social Welfare under the umbrella of the Upstate New York Mental and Behavioral Health Education Consortium (UNY-MBHEC), the other partners with Nazareth and University of Albany include: the University at Buffalo, University at Binghamton, University at Brockport, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Syracuse University.

The project, which is supported by a three-year, $480,253 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is intended to increase social workers' capacity to address the mental and behavioral health needs of veterans, military personnel and their families, and residents of medically underserved rural communities. The grant was one of only 13 funded by HRSA nationally.

Nazareth College's Virginia David, co-director of the MSW (master's in social work) program said, "This project will increase the clinical expertise of master-level prepared social workers providing services to military personnel, veterans and their families and medically under-served populations living in rural communities in upstate New York. By leveraging the expertise, resources, and strengths of the six schools/programs of social work, the project will further develop and expand inter-professional initiatives and specific behavioral health placements desperately needed especially in rural communities."

The initiative showcases Nazareth's commitment to veterans. Recently, Nazareth was designated by G.I. Jobs Magazine as "military friendly," meaning that the college get high marks in assisting military personnel when they return to civilian life. G.I. Jobs Magazine provides education, transition assistance and job opportunities for veterans.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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