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Scott & White Healthcare is 1 of 3 in Texas to receive workforce development grants
Date:10/18/2011

TEMPLE, Texas Scott & White Healthcare in Temple is one of three sites chosen for a $1.6 million initiative to create internships for doctoral psychology students that will help alleviate mental health workforce shortages in Texas.

Scott & White Healthcare Foundation received a five-year $638,853 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. The grant will fund a new internship program that will enable students to get a year of supervised training and experience required for a doctoral degree in psychology.

Thirteen interns will be trained by the program during the five-year grant. Their salaries and the cost of their supervision and training will be paid by the grant. In return, the interns will expand Scott & White's capacity to provide mental health services to thousands of adults, children, youth and families in a mostly rural 29,000-square-mile service area in Central Texas.

Scott & White also will use grant funds to hire its first certified peer specialist, who will work with the interns, other mental health providers and people receiving mental health services. Peer specialists have personal experience with mental illness and are trained to support others who are working to achieve recovery and wellness.

"This innovative approach will provide a tremendous opportunity for interns to work side-by-side with people who have lived experience with mental illness," said Dr. Michele Guzmn, assistant director of research and evaluation at the Hogg Foundation and a clinical associate professor in counseling psychology.

Scott & White is a partner with Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Temple and has medical facilities throughout Central Texas. This will enable the interns to practice in a variety of settings serving people of all ages from different cultures, income levels and communities.

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Contact: Katherine Voss
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254-724-4097
Scott & White Healthcare
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