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Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP)
Application Deadline: Mar 21, 2023
Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Provides funding to plan, develop, and operate 12 month full-time, or 24 month half-time, training programs for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, counselors, nurses, and/or social workers focused on training practitioners to provide mental health and substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), services to provide care for individuals in need of mental health and SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services in an integrated primary care underserved community-based setting.
Program objectives include:
- Increasing the number of individuals completing clinical training requirements for licensure and practicing nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, counselors, nurses, and/or social workers who are trained to provide integrated mental health and SUD/OUD services in a primary care underserved community-based setting
- Planning, developing, and operating a training program to provide mental health and SUD/OUD services in underserved, community-based settings that integrate primary care, mental health, and SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services
- Establishing a foundation of skills and expertise for the community-based program, including entities that serve pediatric populations and support training to provide mental health and SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services utilizing a team-based care model.
Amount of Funding
Award ceiling: $515,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 17
Estimated total program funding: $9,150,000
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include:
- Teaching health centers as defined in the Public Health Service (PHS) Act section 749A(f)
- Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) as defined in section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act
- Community mental health centers as defined in section 1861(ff)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act
- Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) as defined in section 1861(aa) of the Social Security Act
- A health center operated by the Indian Health Service (IHS), an Indian tribe, a tribal organization, or an urban Indian organization
- An entity with a demonstrated record of success in providing training for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, counselors, nurses, and/or social workers
For purposes of this funding program, an entity with a demonstrated record of success in providing training for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and/or social workers is an existing accredited training program for 1 or more of the eligible disciplines that train practicing professionals.
Applicants can request funding priority by demonstrating they meet a qualification below:
- Qualification 1 - Capacity to Train Specified Professionals: Must provide a table describing the applicant's capacity to train the proposed number of participants of the specified professions to meet the needs of the area served, include the proposed number of participants for each year of the project.
- Qualification 2 -Team-Based Care: Must provide a narrative describing the applicant's experience in training providers to practice team-based care that integrates mental health and SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services with primary care in community-based settings in the past 2 calendar years, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.
Qualification 3 - Health Information
Technology: Must provide a narrative
describing the applicant's experience in using health
information technology and/or telehealth in the past 2
calendar years, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, to support:
- The delivery of mental health and SUDs services
- Community health centers in integrating primary care and mental and SUD/OUD treatment
Qualification 4 - Rural, Tribal, or Underserved
Communities: Must demonstrate the applicant's
ability to expand access to mental health and SUD
disorders services in rural, tribal, or other
underserved areas defined by the following 3 criteria:
- Clinical training site is located in an area considered rural as determined by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Applicants can determine their rural status by using the HRSA Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.
- Training site(s) is/are located in a tribal facility serving American Indians or Alaskan Natives
- Clinical training site(s) is/are located in Mental Health Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with a score of 16 or above as found in the HPSA Find Tool.
What This Program Funds
New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers
Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.
For information or technical assistance regarding
business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Nandini Assar, PhD
For programmatic or technical
Steve Coulter, MD
Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.
One rural organization that received funding is Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Topics This Program Addresses
Healthcare Workforce • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Prevention • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment