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Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Apr 27, 2020

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Awards funding to support training programs building capacity and expanding the number of peer support specialists and behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who are trained to provide services to children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorder (OUD) or other substance use disorders (SUDs). Seeks to enhance paraprofessionals' skills and expertise in treating children, adolescents, transitional aged youth in communities with the most need. The program is intended to reduce children's risk of mental health disorders and SUD by increasing the number of paraprofessionals, including peer support specialists, working on integrated, interprofessional treatment teams.

Program objectives include:

  • Enhancing and expanding didactic educational support and experiential field training opportunities for paraprofessional trainees
  • Developing or establishing partnerships with registered behavioral health apprenticeship programs with in-service training focused on OUD and SUD
  • Providing financial support for tuition, fees, and supplies along with additional stipend support
  • Building program capacity by increasing training positions by 10% in each year of the grant

Training programs must include two levels of training, a pre-service level and an in-service level:

  • Pre-service Training includes the recruitment of trainees into programs comprised of up to 6 months of didactic training and 6-12 months of experiential field training.
  • In-service Training consists of placing trainees, who have completed the pre-service training, in registered apprenticeship programs that provide on-the-job training for a minimum of 12 months.

Additional information regarding requirements and the organization of training programs can be found in the program guidance.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $600,000 per year
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 19
Estimated total program funding: $11,500,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by state-licensed mental health nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including:

  • Universities
  • Community colleges and technical schools
  • Indian tribes and tribal organizations
  • Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Territories

Applicants must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or have approval from the state government to provide a behavioral health-related paraprofessional certificate training program.

Applicants are also required to demonstrate an ability to recruit and place students in high-need, high-demand areas. For this funding opportunity, high-need/demand areas are determined by meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) or Facility Mental HPSAs with a score of 16 or above. Applicants can use the HPSA Find tool to determine an areas eligibility.
  2. Counties with a drug overdose rate that is higher than the national average of 21.7% per 100,000 population.

Additionally, eligible organizations must have the ability to support programs for pre-service or in-service training of paraprofessional child, adolescent, and transitional aged youth mental health workers.

Training programs may include the following paraprofessional occupations:

  • Peer support specialist
  • Peer support counselor
  • Community health worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Behavioral health aide
  • Social services aide
  • Substance abuse/addictions worker
  • Youth worker
  • Promoter/a
  • Other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals

Applicants can request a funding preference under one of three qualifications for placing program trainees and graduates in medically underserved communities (MUCs):

  1. High Rate Qualification - To receive preference under this qualification, applicants must have placed at least 50% of program graduates and Level 1 completers in practice settings serving MUCs in academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
  2. Significant Increase Qualification - To receive preference under this qualification, applicants must have achieved a 25% increase placing program graduates and Level 1 completers in MUCs from academic year 2017-2018 to academic year 2018-2019.
  3. New Program Qualification - To receive preference under this qualification, new programs must meet at least four of the criteria related to MUCs specified in Part V of the program guidance. New programs are defined as any program that has graduated/completed less than three classes.

Medically underserved communities are defined as Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSAs), Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs), or a Governor Certified Shortage Areas for Rural Health Clinic (RHC) purposes HPSA. Applicants can document these designations using the HRSA Shortage Area Dashboard.

Additional eligibility information and a complete list of supported occupations can be found in the program guidance.

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 can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant technical assistance webinar
Creating a Competitive Grant Proposal webinar


For programmatic or technical questions:
Andrea L. Knox

For grants management or budget questions:
William Weisenberg

Topics This Program Addresses

Adverse Childhood Experiences • Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Opioids • Parents, Families, and Children • Substance Use Disorder • Youth