The Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) supports master’s level social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists committed to serving individuals and families with mental health and substance use challenges.
The UW School of Social Work is one of 13 universities and 20 graduate programs participating in this statewide effort. The initiative is also partnering with more than 100 state-approved community behavioral health agencies and tribal health centers to serve as student training sites and potential future employers, providing services in some of the state’s most marginalized communities. 

Students participating in the initiative receive grants, up to $51,500, to offset master’s degree expenses by agreeing to serve three years in an approved Washington state community behavioral health agency or tribal health center following their graduation. The initiative also provides expert career placement and mentoring support.

If you have additional questions about the UW School of Social Work WDI program or the application process, please send an email to

Learn more about this innovative initiative and its impact across our state in this article: 
A School-led behavioral health initiative is showing results for graduates and the communities they serve