Opioid Workforce Expansion Program

MSW Student Stipend Opportunity

The Opioid Workforce Expansion Program grant provides 84 stipends over three years to MSW and Doctor of Nurse Practitioner students. MSW students will receive $10,000 upon successful completion of the program. The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of students participating in community-based experiential interdisciplinary internships in Opiate Use Disorder and other Substance Use Disorder programs or agencies.

Students receiving stipends are placed in integrated care settings working with medically underserved populations, in medically underserved areas, or in health professional shortage internships prior to graduation. Stipends funded through this opportunity will permit Millersville University to recruit and retain students who will complete field placements in primary care and behavioral health settings in south-central Pennsylvania. Following graduation, these students will augment the nursing and behavioral health care workforce in a health professional shortage area.

We are in need of MSW students to take advantage of this rare opportunity to work in addressing the opioid epidemic in our region. Please consider applying to be part of this cutting edge program.


OWEP Provides:

  • $10,000 stipend
  • 30 hours of prevention, treatment and recovery training's

OWEP Student Requirements:

  • Maintain good academic standing in MSW program (GPA of 3.0 and above)
  • Must be in Specialization Year
  • Must provide birth certificate, NPI#, resume, undergraduate & graduate unofficial transcripts
  • Students are required to take 2 electives from the following: SOWK 617, SOWK 602, SOWK 604 

If interested, please complete the online application.


Contact Information:

OWEP Program Coordinator
Gwen Burkholder
Stayer Hall, Rm 328
Email: gwenda.burkholder@millersville.edu

Principal Investigator
Dr. Marc Felizzi
Stayer Hall, Rm 312
Email: marc.felizzi@millersville.edu

Co-Principal Investigators: 
Dr. Karen Rice
Dr. Laura Granruth
Dr. Kelly Kuhns

For more information, please email: owep@millersville.edu 

"This program is supported by the health resources and services administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,349,931.00 with a percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. government."