Behavioral Health Partnership Program (B.H.P.P.)

The BHPP was established in 2023 through a collaboration between The University of Akron and the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health (ADM) Board, along with its provider network, to bolster careers in community behavioral health in Summit County. Participants in the BHPP will fulfill their field placements for either a BSW or MSW within one of the ADM Board’s contracted provider agencies. This arrangement offers students enhanced support from the University's Behavioral Health Campus Coordinator, scholarship opportunities, and access to various trainings, activities, and events facilitated by the ADM Board.

For more information about the B.H.P.P. program, please contact:


Sylvester M. Huston III, MSW, LSW
Behavioral Health Campus Coordinator
Office: Polsky 408
Phone: (330) 972-4178

Are you passionate about making a real difference in people's lives? Dive into a world of purpose and possibility with a BHPP!

  • Join our transformative program and become a catalyst for positive change in Summit County.
  • Explore diverse opportunities such as early childhood, substance use, criminal justice and behavioral health, crisis services and much more!
  • Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to address societal challenges head-on.
  • Immerse yourself in hands-on learning opportunities through field placement.
  • Engage with real cases and make an impact from day one.
  • Be part of a supportive community dedicated to fostering your growth.
  • Learn from experienced faculty who are passionate about empowering future changemakers like you!


Key benefits for B.H.P.P. students include:

  1. Significant financial assistance
  2. Opportunity to earn Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant certificate or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate
  3. Access to multiple different agencies in Summit County
  4. Great opportunities for full-time employment upon graduation

    Other benefits include:

    • Opportunities to serve and support the population of your choosing
    • Program is open to BASW and MSW Students
    • Tailored support to navigate the organization and internship experience effectively
    • Scheduled meetings to discuss progress, address concerns, and provide feedback
    • Assistance in accessing relevant materials, tools, and information to support internship tasks
    • Guidance from an experienced professional in the behavioral health field to foster skill development and career growth
    • Help in addressing challenges or obstacles encountered during the internship
    • Clarification on organizational policies and procedures to ensure compliance and understanding
    • Facilitation of connections with professionals in the field to expand professional networks and opportunities
    • Availability for interns to discuss any emotional or psychological challenges they may face during their internship

    Why choose Community Behavioral Health?

    • Professional development
    • Inclusion in advanced programs and practices
    • A full continuum of care
    • Great opportunity for job growth and advancement
    • Opportunity for trainings such as EMDR, motivational interviewing
    • Ability to make an impact on the job site and chances to implement programs you like.

    Please click here to learn more about the ADM Board.


    For instructions for letter of recommendation, click here.