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CLIMB@DU - The Collaborative Learning and Innovative Educational Models of Behavioral Health at the University of Denver

The purpose of this project is to contribute to and improve the availability of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) services to persons in rural, vulnerable and/or medically underserved communities throughout the state of Colorado, as well as the Four Corners region.

A collaborative effort between the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and the Butler Institute for Families, CLIMB@DU aims to increase the social work workforce in integrated behavioral health (IBH) services that serve rural, vulnerable and/or medically underserved communities (MUCs) in Colorado and the Four Corners. CLIMB@DU targets three regions that are all HRSA designated MUAs exhibiting significant barriers in behavioral care access: Western Colorado, the Four Corners region near Durango, CO, and the Denver metropolitan area.

The long-term goal is to increase the number of culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health providers in the designated areas, ultimately improving the health of families in these three underserved regions. This innovative program provides students with a comprehensive education in evidence-based, integrated behavioral health care through coursework, seminars and experiential internship experiences with medically underserved rural and urban populations.