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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program - Supplemental Funding


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Application Deadline: Jul 6, 2018

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Funds evidence-based treatment services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), for issues concerning mental health, substance use disorder (SUD), and opioid use disorder (OUD) to improve patient outcomes, especially in rural communities. Aims to meet the behavioral health and primary care needs of high need and high demand areas by increasing the number of trained professionals and paraprofessionals who can deliver behavioral health and primary care services as part of an interprofessional healthcare team in a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded health center.

For this program, high need and high demand areas are identified by two defined sources:

  • County overdose rate where the health center is located is equal to or higher than the national average of 19.8 per 100,000 population
  • Mental Health Automatic Facility Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) with a score of 16 or above

Program Requirements include:

  • Training aspiring behavioral health professional and paraprofessionals to collaborate with two or more health disciplines and function as an integrated, multi-professional team that provides evidence-based behavioral health and primary care services to individuals with OUD and other SUDs in health facilities located in high need and high demand regions.
  • Cooperating with one or more health facilities that meet the health center requirements and offer experience-centered training to BHWET students in support of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 BHWET Competitive Supplement.
  • Establishing or leveraging relationships with technical assistance providers that excel in integrated, interprofessional services related to behavioral health, primary care, mental health, OUD and other SUD treatment, MAT, and experiential training.
  • Engaging in train the trainer-model practices designed to enhance supervisor and faculty teaching abilities
  • Planning, executing, and evaluating clinical training curricula while maintaining opportunities for clinical instruction
  • Periodically cooperating with other BHWET supplement awardees, supplying updates and evaluations during and after the project period

Funds may be used for the following activities:

  • Participation in healthcare supervisor and faculty training programs offered at technical assistance centers to build skills, expertise, and resource support for a behavioral health in a health center
  • Improvements to educational and experiential training activities focused on SUD and OUD treatment services
  • Help supporting participant costs, such as health insurance, travel, professional development opportunities, licensing exam preparation, licensees, and other reasonable allowable expenses for trainees and interns
  • Stipend support activities for the professional track or trainee support activities for the paraprofessional certificate track

For the professional track, award recipient's must follow these guidelines for stipends to trainees in field placement or internships:

  • $10,000 per master's-level trainee, including advanced standing
  • $28,352 per doctoral-level psychiatry, psychology or school psychology, psychiatric nursing and behavioral pediatrics intern per year

For the paraprofessional certificate track, award recipients may request up to $3,000 per trainee for tuition, fees, and supplies for 12 months for full-time trainees and for 24 months for part-time trainees.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $400,000 
Project period: 2 years
Estimated number of awards: Up to 20
Estimated total program funding: $8,000,000

Cost sharing is required for doctoral trainees whose stipend exceeds the stipulated amount of $28,352.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are limited to current Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant recipients awarded under HRSA-17-070.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • Financial Aid for Healthcare Workforce • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Patsy Cunningham, MA, LCPC, NCC

For grants management or budget questions:
Nandini Assar, Ph.D.

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in FY 2018 are outlined on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • University of New England in Biddeford, Maine
  • University System of New Hampshire in Plymouth, New Hampshire

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Facilities • Healthcare Workforce • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Opioids • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment