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Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) - Professionals


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: May 7, 2019


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Trains advanced degree students in behavioral health fields to address the behavioral health needs in high-need rural and underserved populations with a focus on developing skills and experience in the areas of prevention, treatment, and recovery to provide effective care for individuals facing opioid use disorder (OUD) and substance use disorder (SUD). Places emphasis on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in high need and high demand areas who are at risk for behavioral health disorders.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $1,350,000
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 29
Estimated total program funding: $39,300,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Accredited institutions of higher education
  • Accredited behavioral health professional training programs
  • Accredited masters or doctoral-level degree programs of social work
  • American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral, internship, and post-doctoral residency programs of health service psychology, including clinical psychology, counseling, and school psychology
  • Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations and tribal organizations, if otherwise eligible

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions and other information about the online application process is available in the program guidance.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Andrea G. Battle, Ph.D.

For business, administrative, or fiscal questions:
Nandini Assar, Ph.D.

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • University of Maine System in Orono, Maine
  • Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Opioids • Substance Use Disorder