The Equitable Care Collaborative

Behavioral Health Internship Pipeline Program

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MassLeague) is administering the Equitable Care Collaborative's Behavioral Health Internship Pipeline Program (BHIPP) in partnership with Mass General Brigham (MGB) and the Scarlet Feather Fund through the Dayton Foundation. The goal of this program is to expand the provider pipeline to attract diverse, qualified, and culturally competent Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychologists in their final year of their graduate program by providing paid field placements in community health centers (CHC) and will participate in learning community sessions, inclusive of a final project presentation focused on equitable care. Funding will be provided to each health center to support supervision and a student loan repayment incentive will be provided to each intern who accepts a position at a community health center within six months of graduation.

We are excited to report because of the success of the first two years of the BHIPP program, we received additional funding from the Scarlet Feather Fund. As we continue to experience the urgent need to support CHC's in creating a diverse BH workforce capacity, this additional funding will support 16 interns. As a part of this program, the MassLeague will partner with CHCs to support students prior to graduation via a $25,000 internship stipend, learning community participation, final project presentation, and $40,000 in student loan repayment in exchange for four years of full-time obligated service in a community health center post-graduation and commitment to becoming a licensed provider. Interns must accept a full-time position at a health center within six-months of graduation to be eligible for this loan repayment. Interns eligible to be selected for this program will be entering their final year of their graduate program with the intention to become licensed in social work, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or psychology.

Underrepresented students representing a diverse population, including but not limited to, racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., Black or African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Native American), individuals from rural communities, and students who are linguistically diverse are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the program, including eligibilty and application guidelines, please review the Program Overview.

Click here to access the organization Cover Sheet. All Cover Sheets are due by May 24th, 2024 5:00pm EST

Updated: 01/07/2024