Integrated Health Scholars Program

Integrated Health Scholars Program

Our Purpose

​​​​To increase the supply of social work professionals prepared to provide high-quality integrated behavioral health services in rural and other high-need communities in Kansas and western Missouri.

Integrated Health Scholars

We provide a value-added educational experience for exceptional KU clinical MSW students residing in Kansas or Missouri to develop knowledge and skills for interprofessional clinical practice and leadership in integrated health care. Each year, we support approximately 28 Scholars who: 

  • Receive a $10K scholarship during their specialization year (fall/spring)
  • Complete a clinical field practicum offering interprofessional learning opportunities in sites such as primary care clinics, hospitals, mental health and substance use treatment centers
  • Participate in “value-added” monthly training in telehealth and integrated, culturally competent care for children, youth and adults experiencing or at risk for behavioral health disorders
  • Receive support for job placement through community partnerships and guidance on career development
  • Complete and present a Capstone Project highlighting a practice innovation or improvement project at their field practicum
  • Commit to pursuing post-graduation employment in behavioral health within an underserved community
  • Join an informal network of Scholar graduates across Kansas, western Missouri and beyond


The application has closed for selection of 2023-24 Scholars. The application process for 2024-25 Scholars will be open in late fall 2024.

Project Information

  • PI: Michelle Levy

  • Co-PI: Jason Matejkowski, PhD

  • Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Health Resources & Services Administration

Key Partners

  • KU Medical Center for Interprofessional Education

  • Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center

  • Community Care Network of Kansas

  • KU Medical Center School of Nursing & Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

  • KU School of Pharmacy

Integrated Health Care

This video, created by the Scholars Program, conveys key aspects of what social workers do in integrated health care settings. The video defines integrated health care, highlights the unique role and a “typical” day for social workers in integrated care, and identifies the impact that social workers can make in these settings. Special thanks to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas and HealthCore Clinic for their contributions to this video.

Social Workers in Integrated Health Care


COVID-19 was a catalyst for the expansion of tele-behavioral health service provision that is here to stay. The Scholars Program promotes technology integration and training for classroom and field educators to support safe, ethical, and competent telebehavioral health provision.

Scholars Training

Value-Added Training

Scholars participate in required monthly seminars (outside of standard coursework) offered in blended and experiental format to build knowledge and skills in clinical practice, professional development and leadership in integrated health care. Seminars include interprofessional practitioner-led sessions that take place at agencies that provide integrated health services. Seminars address a range of brief interventions and current topics such as 

  • Engaging Individuals in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care​
  • ​Providing Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care
  • Motivational Interviewing:  Enhancing Motivation for Behavior Change
  • The Intersection of Culture & Place:  Promoting Health in Medically Underserved Communities
  • Substance Use Interventions:  Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Interprofessional Practice and Collaborative Team-Based Care (with the KU School of Nursing and KU Medical Center)
  • Standardized Patient Interprofessional Experience (with KU School of Pharmacy)
  • Health Care Leadership in Rural and Medically Underserved Communities

Each training includes content on telehealth and technology.

Practicum-based Training

Practicum sites for Scholars provide opportunities to experience working in integrated health (settings addressing physical and behavioral health) providing team-based care with rural and other underserved individuals. Field sites vary from year to year depending upon where current Scholars reside. Sites include Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), primary care clinics, hospitals, community mental health centers (CMHCs), substance use treatment programs, and other behavioral health service agencies. On occasion, Scholars may be placed in schools or specialty mental health settings. The Scholars Team works closely with the Field Education Office to match Scholars with practicum sites that align with student interests and Scholars requirements.

A unique aspect of field for Scholars is the requirement to complete a Capstone Project that features innovative work done at their field practicum. Each year, Scholars develop programs and influence social work practices that contribute to their agencies. Students present highlights of their work in a professional poster which is shared at a community event.

If you are an agency interested in providing field education for an Integrated Health Scholar, please contact us!

The Scholars

Learn more about current & former scholars

Integrated Health Scholars

Maddi Bailey -  Grand Falls Center for Recovery (Joplin, MO)

Sarah Barth -  Research Psychiatric Hospital (Kansas City, MO)

Brooke Benton - Research Psychiatric Hospital (Kansas City, MO)

Kareesha Boyington - Preferred Family Healthcare (Joplin)

Sydnee Bradley - Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ (Lawrence)

Destinee Brown - Camber Children’s Mental Health- KC (Kansas City, KS)

Brittany Burgess - Bert Nash Mental Health Center (Lawrence)

Marisa Butler - ReStart, Inc. (Kansas City, MO)

Bertha Covarrubias - Vibrant Health (Kansas City, KS)

Irvin Garcia-Augur - Crawford County Mental Health Center (Pittsburg)

Lauri Goheen - Salina Family Healthcare Center (Salina)

Jennie Gusewelle - University Health Behavioral Health Network (Kansas City, MO)

Kristene Hampton - Wyandot Center – Adult Outpatient (Kansas City, KS)

Braeden Hinton - Crawford County Mental Health Center (Pittsburg)

Athena Horton - Camber Children’s Mental Health- KC (Kansas City, KS)

Gabriel Hurtado - University of Kansas Medical Center – Multivisit Program (KCK)

Aliya Jankowski - Bert Nash WRAP Program (Lawrence)

Ashley Keller - BlueStem PACE (Hutchinson)

Sophia Kenney-Tolentino - Pawnee Mental Health Services (Manhattan)

Adam King - Four County Mental Health Center (Independence)

Anna Kostecki - Children’s Mercy (Kansas City, MO)

Diana Lady - Elizabeth Layton Center (Ottawa)

Cooper Mickelson - Children’s Mercy (Kansas City, MO)

Alaina Morgan - Ozark Center (Joplin)

Sophia Nangia - Johnson County Adult Therapeutic Community (Olathe)

Mary Catherine Newman - KU Medical Center Alzheimer’s Disease Center (Fairway)

Alex Scott - Johnson County Mental Health Center (Overland Park)

Lauren Stiles - Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (Pittsburg clinic)

Mimi Tomay-Trinidad - Crawford County Mental Health Center (Pittsburg)

Ann Wolfe - Carl Junction School District (Carl Junction, MO)

View the Capstone Project posters here

  • Ilexa Axelrod – Health Partnership Clinic

Evaluating Current Trauma-Informed Care Practices

This project was completed through a collaboration between National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) representatives and Behavioral Health (BH) team at Health Partnership Clinic to assess the agency's current level of Trauma-Informed Care practices. The BH team utilized NCTSN’s no-cost Trauma-Informed Organizational Assessment (TIOA) as a trial before introducing the evaluation process to the entire agency. Outcomes revealed strengths, areas of improvement, and additional considerations.

  • Megan Belaire & Clara Selam – Headquarters Counseling Center

Mental Health and Mobile Response in Douglas County

Douglas County launched a Mobile Response Team (MRT) to respond to mental health crises within the county. A program evaluation of this service determined adherence to national standards and areas for growth. The Haskell Emergency Response Team (HERT) is the point of contact for Haskell Indian Nations students to report incidents and emergencies (including mental health emergencies) on Haskell’s Campus. Then they coordinate the appropriate response with one of their partners. A potential partnership between MRT and HERT could address gaps in coverage and help to enhance communication between various agencies on the crisis continuum.

  • Timothy Bianco – University Health Behavioral Health, Child and Adolescent Center

Increasing awareness of educational resources  for Children and Adolescence

This project addressed the need to increase awareness and understanding of educational-based mental health systems and resources amongst Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP) and parents. The need was mitigated by the development of professional development (PD) training and organizing parent referral resources. PD training was presented to Social Work interns for constructive feedback prior to providing PD training with University Health Behavioral Health QMHPs. Parent/guardian referral resources were developed and provided to parents/guardians during initial intake assessment sessions.

  • Maggie Burton – Family Guidance Center for Behavioral Healthcare

Creating Group Support for Adolescents with SUD

The Family Guidance Center in St. Joseph Missouri, has recently experienced an increased demand in assistance for adolescents with substance use disorders (SUD). I assisted in developing the group type and weekly schedule for this program. The groups run Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 6:50pm. Each group runs for 50 minutes. Participants are not required to participate in all groups, but weekly engagement in at least two consistent groups is the recommendation. The group types were selected were Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and 12 Steps as well as educational groups to help develop skills such as relational, communication, problem-solving, and healthy coping.

  • Clara Chollet – MARC Head Start

Addressing Barriers within pediatric dental care by developing and utilizing scripted stories

Children enrolled in MARC Head Start are eligible to receive free dental services through Swope Health’s dental bus, however, some children are unable to participate. Many children are unfamiliar with dentists and are too fearful to sit still or keep their mouths open to receive necessary dental care. A scripted story was created with detailed descriptions and pictures of every step of the process, including self-regulation strategies to support emotional well-being. Teachers will periodically read and discuss the scripted story with the children to prepare them for their dental visit to hopefully reduce instances in which a child does not receive dental care due to anxiety or fear.

  • Jessica Marie Pinkerton Cox – KU Medical Center Department of Pediatrics

Easing Access To Social Work In Outpatient Pediatrics

In the outpatient pediatric setting many patients are not aware of social work services and some are not able to access in-person social work at the clinic. This project consists of a website and QR code with information on social work services available to the KU pediatric patients. It will provide patients with information on what social work is and how they can access services as well as a rotating list of community resources. The project will improve the care that patients at the pediatric clinic receive by offering more equitable access to social services.

  • Kalisha Dixon – AIDS Project of the Ozarks

A Community In Need

Rebuilding after an epidemic is not solely based on what the epidemic directly affected but also, what the epidemic indirectly affected, for example, testing resources for those in the community potentially living with HIV/AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted infections with unmet healthcare and insurance needs. Through this process, I was able to begin rebuilding an outreach, education, and testing program based in the community and in the office in order to bridge the needs of the community to the resources that had been lost. Although this process has just begun, the relationships developed to support community needs will be life-changing, especially for the transient populations surrounding Southwest Missouri.

  • Cara Ebersole – University Health Truman Medical Center

Early Psychiatric Intervention And Shorter Los

Early psychiatric intervention can lead to shorter length of stays when it comes to in patient med surge floors. Too many times we see that after 4 or 5 days of being in the hospital a patient is needing psychiatric intervention which lengthens their stay. While this is not always predictable, there are some indicators that should be considered when screening patients upon admission. For my project I used research that had already been conducted about proactive psychiatric consultation rather than reactive consultation like many hospitals follow. This allows patients with the highest psychiatric acuity to be seen sooner rather than later. 

  • Reonna Faller – GRAND Mental Health

Child Focused Treatment Team

Oklahoma was among the first eight states selected to participate in a demonstration program of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model in 2017. The program model has proven successful in improving health outcomes, access to care, reducing emergency room visits, advancing the use of Health Information Technology (HIT), and preventing unnecessary care. Integrated treatment teams are part of the CCBHC model and children’s services are among the subgroups.  Understanding the different roles, responsibilities, and relationships are essential to the fidelity of the services and continuation of successful outcomes.

  • Chelsea Foster – GRAND Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Care For Prek-12 Educators

This project identifies the need for Trauma-Informed Care in the school system for educators. It is crucial for educators who are working with children to be trauma-informed to better understand the behaviors of children. If educators have a better understanding of trauma, effects of trauma, and how to work with children who have endured trauma they can help provide children with a safe place.

  • Nicole Freeman – USD 229 Blue Valley School District

School-Based Clinics In Blue Valley–Title I Elementary School

The United States struggles with identifying solutions to close the healthcare gap in low-income and rural communities. Research is proving that by implementing school-based clinics in Title I schools, overall health outcomes for students and families improve. The data collected shows that a school-based clinic in Title I schools are useful to increase students and families access to health care. There are several health partnership clinics in the state of Kansas willing to become a partner in closing the healthcare gap.

  • Audra Fullerton – Family Peace Initiative & Stormont Vail Emergency Department

A New Approach To Identification Of And Response To Intimate Partner Violence (Ipv)

Kansas has been a national leader in domestic violence offender intervention services yet these services are widely underutilized. This project highlights the current response to IPV in Shawnee County, KS, what gaps exist, and how social workers can help address the needs left by these gaps. After attending the training developed as a part of this project, 64% of attendees reported that the training had impacted their practice in a positive way (15% reported this training affirmed their current practice). Practitioners in Kansas are welcome to view the project poster and find their local battering intervention program at

  • Samantha Gibson – Ascend Hospice-Lawrence

Implementing A Community-Based Support Group For Loss & Grief

Although hospice agencies that receive Medicare reimbursement are required to offer  bereavement services to surviving loved ones, there is a wide variability in the types of services utilized. While completing my practicum in the Lawrence/Topeka area, I identified the need for more intensive bereavement support. Grief and mourning are highly individualized processes with significant variability culturally and socially, emphasizing the necessity of varied bereavement support services. The goal of implementing this group was to provide an additional opportunity for people to receive support and forge connection with others.

  • Kathryn Keyes – Lawrence Public Schools

“School-Families” Check-Ins As Intermediate Social Interventions And Positive Behavioral Supports

The impacts of home and hybrid learning during the pandemic are still being felt by all. Referrals for behavioral interventions to school behavioral health (BH) staff were higher in the 22-23 academic year. To increase support capacity, “School Family Check-Ins” were created as an immediate assessment to provide additional positive behavioral supports.

  • Jewel Knight – New Chance

Motivational Interviewing As A Brief Intervention For Clients With Substance Use Disorder

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based treatment in which interviewers nurture responsibility for behavior taking steps to change. MI was the chosen treatment due ease of implementation and intervention duration (court ordered for 3 months). Of 15 clients served, 80% were first time DUI recipients, 13% relapsed, and100% of the clients completed treatment successfully.

  • Donald LaForte – Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas

Clinic Help For Underserved Communities And Marginalized Individuals

This project explored how marginalized and underserved populations receive care at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. Personal practice experience is presented featuring diverse populations served including: lower socio-economic classes, LGBTQ+, adults who are older, foreign language speakers, hard of hearing, and houseless clients. Reflections on different ways to examine how social work can work with diverse populations is summarized.

  • Kira Lake – Four County Mental Health Center

Intellectual Development Disability Toolkit

Over the past year I worked as an outpatient therapist internet at Four County Mental Health Center in Cowley County, Kansas. Through my discussions with therapists, I found that a lot were seeking resources for their practice with intellectual and developmentally disabled (I/DD) clients. Throughout the past year I worked to compile a toolkit as a resource for therapists working with I/DD clients.

  • Chelsea Liu – Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists

Behavioral Health Integration In Perinatal Primary Care

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are highly prevalent but often go undiagnosed and untreated due to stigma, lack of information, and lack of access to perinatal mental health providers. Integrating behavioral health into perinatal care in an OB-GYN clinic is an effective way to help increase access, education, and treatment. This project highlights a pilot program in an OB-GYN clinic.

  • Lisa Marin – The University of Kansas Health Systems – Palliative and Hospice Services

Bridging The Language And Cultural Gap When Providing Hospice Services For Hispanic Patients And Families

Hispanic patients with Limited English Proficiency disproportionately lack access to the benefits of hospice services. An interprofessional hospice team can work together to bridge the language and cultural gap. To successfully bridge the language and cultural gap, three interventions are recommended: Cultural Humility, Culturally Informed Translation Services, and Patient Education.

  • Mallory Martin – Phoenix Home Care and Hospice

Suicide Ideation Amongst Hospice Patients

Discussing suicide ideation with patients on hospice services creates ethical dilemmas. Hospice social workers and chaplains need to feel competent and knowledgeable about how to navigate such conversations. A training was developed on this topic as well as an anonymous reflection survey. Results suggest increase in confidence levels after training.

  • Stephanie Morris – Saint Luke’s Behavioral Health- Behavioral Access Center and Psychiatric Unit

New Employee/Intern Orientation Manual

Mental health assessment and documentation is a complex and necessary process, requiring specific information and in-depth documentation. As the field changes and policies get developed, practice manuals need updating. This project summarizes the update of a “three-ring binder” in the Behavior Access Center which is now also available digitally-for the staff who work remotely, new employees, and future interns.

  • Emily Mushinski – Children’s Mercy

While You Wait Workshop, Addressing The Waitlist For Autism Evaluations

This While You Wait Workshop seeks to provide education and resources through a live video and PowerPoint presentation with families who have children on the waitlist for autism evaluations. This project addresses the multi-month waitlist and offers tools and suggestions for families to act on prior to their scheduled appointment.

  • Kristin Nichols – KUMC Alzheimer’s Disease Center

The Purpose Project At Kumc Alzheimer’s Disease Center

The Purpose Project is intended to empower individuals with Early-Stage Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to engage in purposeful and meaningful community engagement. The goal is to assist with extension of volunteerism in the community through support with non-profit organizations. This endeavor has facilitated supportive relationships and reasonable accommodations to promote participants’ increased success and confidence.

  • Dakota Patrick – KU Health System Care Management

Interprofessional Perspectives On The Multi-Visit Patient Program

A qualitative survey was created in collaboration with the Multi-Visit Patient (MVP) team at University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) to gain the insights of resident physicians in the Emergency Department (ED). The survey explores how different disciplines interact and work together toward greater patient centered care, along with role of social workers and how their role is perceived. Information from this survey will help inform education efforts by the MVP team at KUMC.

  • Sophie Peterson -  Ascend Hospice

Adjunct Therapies In Hospice

When our loved ones enter hospice we want the best care for them. We want any service that will make their end-of-life journey comfortable and peaceful. Adjunct therapies, like massage and music, are vital to making that period of time special. However, many hospices do not offer these extra services, and that only does a disservice to those who could only benefit from a little extra joy and comfort.

  • Diana Ramirez – Tri-County Mental Health Center

Funding For Mental Health Services For The Undocumented Population

Tri-County helps individuals within Clay, Ray and Platte counties with behavioral, substance use, and mental health needs but does not have the funding to provide its services to the undocumented immigrant population. The federal government provides the majority of the funds to Tri-County and clients must have a Social Security number to receive services. My role was to find grants that would help the undocumented immigrant population reach mental health services at Tri-County. 

  • Janet Reinke – KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Toolkit For A Family Cooperative For Individuals With Dementia

Throughout Kansas, there are a limited number of daycare programs for individuals with dementia. To address this shortage, my Toolkit explains how to set up a care cooperative. A dementia cooperative consists of families that each have a family member with cognitive impairment. The families partner together and the caregivers take turns caring for the family members with dementia. My Toolkit includes relevant legal forms plus information about how to find (and connect with) other such families and important matters to consider.

  • Annaliese Rosales-Ortiz – USD 500 Kansas City, Kansas Schools Special Education

Menarche And Schools

I noticed the need for clean pants for female students at my school practicum. I wanted to explore the correlation between clothing scarcity for students and their mental health but found there is a need for more research on this. I worked with the school nurse, who typically is the one to provide clean pants to students in addressing the need. Figuring out the correct wording when asking for pants is important so that donations will ensure accessibility to clean pants to all children, no matter their size or gender.

  • Rachel Sandle – Bert Nash WRAP

Supporting Trans Students By Supporting Teachers

The aim of this project was to determine existing strengths and gaps in the Lawrence Public Schools’ approach to supporting trans students. To do this, the author reviewed existing relevant policies at the state and district level and conducted interviews with relevant policy stakeholders. This project summarizes existing efforts and makes recommendations for changes to support teachers and their trans and gender-nonconforming students.

  • Paige Sears – North Kansas City Hospital Behavioral Health Navigation

Should My Medical Facility Collect Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity (Sogi) Data?

More and more medical organizations are recommending health facilities include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) questions in their medical intake forms and interviews. The main goal of SOGI data collection is to improve communication between medical staff and LGBT patients with the aim of reducing LGBT health disparities. This presentation also includes sample SOGI intake questions, helpful SOGI collection tips and health related resources for the LGBT community in the Kansas City and Lawrence area.

  • Jocelyn Segura – KU Health Systems Care Management

Health Literacy: The Hidden Barrier

As part of the integrated healthcare team, I had the opportunity to work with the Radiation Oncology and Gastroenterology teams and patients. While most patients experience some difficulties during treatment, I have seen many patients overwhelmed by their new diagnosis or their loved one’s diagnosis. Patients with low health literacy are more at likely to not understand their diagnosis or condition, mismanage medication, more likely to be hospitalized or need emergency care, are less likely to follow treatment plans, and have higher mortality rates. My project focused on how to work with the interdisciplinary team to reduce these barriers and ensure that all patients are able to access the right information, feel understood, and are empowered enough to ask questions to medial staff in order to make informed decisions for their care or their loved one’s care.

  • Michelle Smith – University Health Behavioral Health Network

Trauma Informed Care In Behavioral Health Services

My poster highlights the importance of using a trauma informed approach when working with clients in a behavioral health care setting. Trauma informed care (TIC) is a framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all traumas. A TIC approach emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. This year at University Health Behavioral Health, I was able to use evidence-based practices to engage clients into services and provide community resources. Integrating a trauma informed approach in a behavioral health care setting has many benefits which can build stronger connections, trust, and provide more effective care for clients.

  • Calissa States – Camber Children’s Mental Health

Creating Multi-Sensory Environments For Inpatient Facilities

When children experience trauma, they exhibit big emotions that are difficult to manage on their own. Once admitted to a PRTF, children are able to maintain a consistent schedule and learn how to process and manage their trauma in a safe environment. When the facility lacks sensory images or sensory-sensitive design, it becomes difficult for both staff and clients to redirect their dysregulation. Creating a multisensory environment would allow more tranquility and aid employees in teaching healthy coping mechanisms to the patients.

  • Jodi Steinberg – AdventHeatlh Behavioral Health

Practicing Trauma-Informed Care In The Emergency Department

My practicum at Shawnee Mission Hospital provided the opportunity for me to experience the in-patient unit, the Intensive outpatient unit as well as the Emergency Department (ED). My Capstone project focuses on the use of Trauma Informed Care (TIC) with patients in the ED. I chose to use green and depict a green ribbon on my poster because it is the international symbol for mental health awareness. My poster attempts to explain trauma, trauma-informed and how Advent Health Shawnee Mission utilizes TIC in the Emergency Department.

  • Emily Stratton – Children’s Mercy

Improving Outpatient Care Outcomes After Mental Health Screening In The Emergency Room

After patients are assessed for mental health concerns in emergency room settings, patients often face many barriers to receiving follow-up outpatient therapy and other mental healthcare. Having a designated hospital social worker conduct a warm hand-off procedure and help patients connect with outpatient resources would engage more clients in follow-up care and reduce the need for return visits to the emergency room, which can be costly and traumatic for patients. Through collaboration within an interdisciplinary and interagency team, emergency room social workers can provide patients with equitable and effective connection to follow-up care.

  • Addy Turner – USD 500 Kansas City Kansas Schools Special Education

A Safe Space For All Students

All students deserve to be in an environment where they are comfortable, safe and their voices are heard. As a social worker, we should serve as allies and advocates on the behalf of all students. In our schools, teachers and staff should serve as a safe space for students but have not been properly trained to be an appropriate support system for LGBTQ youth. This year alone, has shown the oppression faced by LGBTQ youth especially with the rise of anti-trans legislation. The lives and safety of LGBTQ students are in jeopardy, and someone must have a voice for and with them.

  • Rachel Wolf – Kids TLC

Language Barriers And Prtf Treatment

According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Social Workers are encouraged to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to benefit clients despite potential agency or systemic barriers. Language barriers require integrated health professionals to seek bilingual clinicians or interpreters to serve clients. During my practicum at KidsTLC, I was inspired to further my understanding of how the language barrier impacts clients and then consider how social workers can strive towards breaking a language barrier to best serve their clients throughout treatment.

  • Samantha Wolverton – Four County Mental Health Center

Mobile Crisis Teams In The Assertive Community Treatment Model

While mobile crisis units have been around since the 1960’s, mobile crisis units have become more prevalent with the current emphasis on whole person community-based care. Mobile crisis units meet people where they are to provide assessment, intervention and referral to community services in hopes of avoiding a more restrictive level of care, such as inpatient hospitalization or incarceration. My project was to research and identify the best protocols and practices for a mobile crisis unit that the agency will be launching in the next year.

  • Rylie Zasypkin-Odom – Children’s Mercy

Trauma Informed Care And Positive Phq9 Screening In Foster Care Adolescents

This project is looking at depression screening in adolescents who have recently come into foster care and the frequency in which the children are already connected with mental health services. If a child scores high on the depression scale, a proposed additional screening tool will be administered. This will determine if the child is actively engaged with mental health services and if so, gives the child a decision whether or not to meet with a social worker for a further assessment in an attempt to be provide a more trauma informed approach.


Ilexa Axelrod - Health Partnership Clinic (Olathe)

Megan Belaire - Headquarters Counseling Center (Lawrence)

Timothy Bianco - University Health – Behavioral Health (KC, MO)

Maggie Burton - Family Guidance Center for Behavioral Healthcare (St. Joseph, MO)

Clara Chollet - MARC Head Start (Kansas City, MO)

Jessica Pinkerton Cox - University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Pediatrics (KCK)

Kalisha Dixon -  AIDS Project of the Ozarks (Joplin, MO)

Cara Ebersole - University Health - Hospital Hill (KC, MO)

Reonna Faller - Grand Lake Mental Health Center (Miami, OK)

Chelsea Foster - Grand Lake Mental Health Center (Miami, OK)

Audra Fullerton - Family Peace Initiative/Stormont Vail Emergency Department (Topeka)

Samantha Gibson - Ascend Hospice (Lawrence)

Zach Kelly - COMCARE of Sedgwick County (Wichita)

Kathryn Keyes - Lawrence Public Schools (Lawrence)

Jewel Knight - New Chance (Dodge City)

Donald LaForte - Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (Pittsburg clinic)

Kira Lake - Four County Mental Health Center (Arkansas City)

Chelsea Liu - Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists (Lawrence)

Lisa Marin - University of Kansas Health System – Care Management (KCK)

Mallory Martin - Phoenix Home Care and Hospice

Stephanie Morris - Saint Luke’s Behavioral Health (KC, MO)

Emily Mushinski - Children's Mercy (KC, MO)

Kristin Nichols - University of Kansas Medical Center Alzheimer’s Disease Center (Fairway)

Dakota Patrick - University of Kansas Health System – Care Management (KCK)

Sophie Peterson - Ascend Hospice (Overland Park)

Diana Ramirez - Tri-County Mental Health Center (KC, MO)

Janet Reinke - University of Kansas Medical Center Alzheimer’s Disease Center (Fairway)

Annaliese Rosales Ortiz - USD 500 Kansas City, Kansas Schools Special Education (KCK)

Rachel Sandle - Bert Nash WRAP (Lawrence)

Paige Sears - North Kansas City Hospital Behavioral Health Navigator (North KC, MO)

Jocelyn Segura - University of Kansas Health System – Care Management (KCK)

Clara Selam - Headquarters Counseling Center (Lawrence)

Nicole Shirley Freeman - USD 229 Blue Valley School District (Overland Park)

Michelle Smith - University Health – Behavioral Health (KC, MO)

Calissa States - KVC Residential Hospital (KCK)

Jodi Steinberg - AdventHealth Behavioral Health (Shawnee Mission)

Emily Stratton - Children's Mercy (KC, MO)

Addison Turner - USD 500 Kansas City, Kansas Schools Special Education (KCK)

Rachel Wolf - Kids TLC (Olathe)

Samantha Wolverton - Four County Mental Health Center (Independence)

Rylie Zasypkin –Odom - Children's Mercy (KC, MO)

Rebekkah Aarnes              Saint Luke’s Health System – Progressive Care (Kansas City)

Brenda Adams                  Community Health Center-SEK school-based clinic (Pittsburg)

Courtney Alexander          Van Go, Inc. (Lawrence)

Gabriella Barnum              Swope Health Services (Kansas City)

Tobi Barta                        Midland Care Connection (Topeka)

Isabelle Bauguess               Valeo Behavioral Health (Topeka)

Edan Belihu                      University of Kansas Health System-Case Management (Kansas City)

Jacob Bigus                      Interpersonal Psychiatry (Lawrence)

Toni Bond                        University of Kansas Health System Strawberry Hill (Kansas City)

Kasey Garzillo Bossard       Lawrence Public Schools (Lawrence)

Tennyson Clary                Family Guidance Center (Saint Joseph)

Mirissa Corbin                  Truman Medical Center -Hospital Hill (Kansas City)

Olivia Doucas                   Research Psychiatric Center (Kansas City)

Michele Fields                   Four County Mental Health Center (Independence)

Chelsea Fluker                  Children’s Mercy (Kansas City)

Leah Friesen                     University of Kansas Medical Center Alzheimer’s Disease Center (KC)

Chasity Gaultney               DCCCA (Lawrence)

Kristin George                   Atchison Community Health Clinic (Atchison)

Amanda Graham              Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas clinic (Pittsburg)

Brandi Harris                    Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (Pittsburg)

Linda Her                        Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center (Iola)

Jordyn Hudson                 Children’s Mercy (Kansas City)

Avery Johnson                 Compass Behavioral Health (Garden City)

Kimberly Johnson             Satori Counseling Services (Lawrence)

Kim Keating                      Pawnee Mental Health Center - Crisis (Manhattan)

Kelsey Klema                    Blue Valley Schools (Overland Park)

TJ Lakin                           Four County Mental Health Center (Parsons)

Talita Leikam                    Children’s Mercy (Kansas City)

Ivette Martinez                 Children’s Mercy (Kansas City)

Auriana McConnell           Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health (Kansas City)

Rachel Parrish                   KVC Residential Hospital for Children (Kansas City)

Misty Phillips                    Osawatomie State Hospital (Osawatomie)

Melissa Jones Ramig          Goodland Medical Center (Goodland)

Jonathan Ruiz                   Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center (Kansas City)

Zoey Sallaz                       Johnson County Mental Health - Addiction & Crisis (Kansas City)

Chelsi Scott                       Access Family Care (Joplin)

Mikayla Sova                   Rediscover (Kansas City)

Angela Swetnam               Foster/Adopt Connect (Lenexa)

Emma Unsderfer               Children’s Mercy/Blue Valley School District (Kansas City)

Bailey Wilson                   Headquarters Counseling Center (Lawrence)

Ariane Wright                   University of Kansas Health System-Case Management (Kansas City)

Amber Young                   University of Kansas Medical Center Primary Care (Kansas City)

Paola Alor - Olathe Medical Center Oncology
Angela Beims - Salina Family Health Care
Allyson Bence - Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (Frontenac schools)
Jama Bettis - Lawrence Memorial Hospital Case Management
Anneliese Beye - Tri-County Special Education Interlocal #607 (Independence)
Jasmine Brown - Satori Counseling Services (Lawrence)
Kayla Cosby - Ozark Center New Direction Residential Facility (Joplin)
Alyssa Deem - Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (Pittsburg schools)
Philip DeGraffenreid - Health Partnership Clinic (Olathe)
Jareth  Del Real - Osawatomie State Hospital
Mickey Dick - Visiting Nurses Association (Lawrence)
Alisha Dinges - Kelly Center, Fort Hays State University
Mary Hurchins - Joplin Avalon Hospice
Julianne Jackson - University of Kansas Health Systems Case Management
Tykeisha Kelly - KVC Residential Hospital for Children (Kansas City)
Shelby Lines - Sam Rodgers Health Clinic (Kansas City)
Isabella Meisel - Children's Mercy (Kansas City)
Stefany Ortiz - HealthCore (Wichita)
Viviana Patino - KVC Residential Hospital for Children (Kansas City)
Kristin Quangvan - Saint Luke's Primary Care (Smithville)
Elizabeth Reid - Vibrant Health (Kansas City)
Viridiana Reyes Coria - Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness (Emporia)
Raven Rhoads - St Joseph School District
Jordan Rollins - Ozark Center Community Care Program (Joplin)
Kelsey Savastano - University of Kansas Medical Center Acute Rehab
Katherine Schneider - Mirror- KCK Residential
Desire Seitz - Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (Pittsburg clinic)
Kelsey Smith - University of Kansas Medical Center Primary Care (Kansas City)

Publications & Presentations

Levy, M. & Boyd, C. Grow your own:  Educating social workers in rural and frontier areas to address the behavioral health workforce crisis. Contemporary Rural Social Work Journal.


Robertson, A. D., Crowl, A. N., Matejkowski, J., Levy, M., Boyd, C., Barnes, J., & S Shrader. (2021). Use of a warm handoff interprofessional simulation to model asynchronous and patient-centered teamworkJournal of Interprofessional Education & Practice22(1000410).

Levy, M. (2020, Sept 4). Providing behavioral health care in rural communities and with rural populations. Invtied presenter, Psychology Didactic, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.

Acquavita, S., Lee, B., Levy, M., Holmes, C., Sacco, P. & Harley, D. (2020). Preparing Master of Social Work students for interprofessional practice. Journal of Evidence-based Social Work, 17(5), 611-623.

Crowl, A., Wellner, Z., Levy, M., Boyd, C., Bates, J., Barnes, J., & Shrader, S. (2020). Determining the impact of an interprofessional simulation focused on social determinants of health with pharmacy students. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning, 13(7).

Levy, M., Boyd, C. & Carr, K. (2019, Oct). Interprofessional education and social work:  Preparing students and promoting the profession. Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Levy, M., Johnston, K., Randolph, S., Boyd, C. & Shrader, S. (2019, Sept). It takes a village:  Growing a pipeline through innovation and collaboration. Invited presentation/panelist. 3RNet National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, 2019 Annual Conference, Wichita KS.

Levy, M. (2019, April). Integrated Health Scholars Program. Navigating Rural Health Resources Webinar, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Primary Care and Rural Health.

Lee, B., Aquavita, S., & Levy, M. (2018). Preparing MSW students for interprofessional practice:  Three programs share lessons learned. Council on Social Work Education 64th Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

Wellner, Z., Crowl, A., Levy, M., Boyd, C., Bates, J., Barnes, J. & Shrader, S. (2018, November). Determining the impact of an interprofessional simulation focused on social determinants of health with pharmacy and social work students. Interprofessional Poster Session at Faculty Academic Day & Interprofessional Preceptor Summit, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Levy, M. (2018, July). Educating social workers for health care practice. Invited presenter & discussion facilitator, Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, Mo-Kan Chapter, Mid-America Rehabilitation Hospital, Overland Park, Kansas.

Levy, M. (2018, April). Examining social determinants of health from rural and urban community perspectives. Invited presenter & panelist, Kansas Center for Cultural Competency Advancement, Webinar.

Holmes, C., Levy, M., & Boyd, C. (2017, August). Exploring social work preparation for integrated behavioral health care. University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.

Hunter, E., Renick, E., Paolo, T., Levy, M., Holmes, C., Matejkowski, J. (2017, November). An interprofessional collaboration between clinical psychology and clinical social work training programs that focuses on preparing students for practice and service to rural and urban underserved populations. Faculty Academic Day & Interprofessional Preceptor Summit, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Levy, M., Holmes, C., & Boyd, C. (2017, September). Preparing the behavioral health workforce for integrated care in rural communities. Invited presenter at 2017 HRSA Virtual Behavioral Health Conference.

Levy, M., Holmes, C., & Boyd, C. (2017, March). Preparing master’s level social work graduates for integrated behavioral health. (2017, March). Invited plenary session, Sunflower Foundation Integrated Care Learning Collaborative, Topeka, KS.

Levy, M. & Holmes, C. (2016, December). Preparing social work students for interprofessional practice in integrated health care. Academic Day Interprofessional Poster Session, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

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