- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama is planning to use a federal grant to help the state address a shortage of behavioral health care professionals.

School officials said in a statement Tuesday that they’re using a grant of more than $945,300 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to offer stipends to Master of Social Work students. Officials say the move is part of a plan to produce 56 students trained in settings that are integrated with primary care settings.

School officials say the students will be trained to work with youth between 16 and 25 who are at risk of developing mental illness and transitional age veterans.

School officials say federal authorities have classified 67 of 68 Alabama counties as full mental health care professional shortage areas.

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