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Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP)
Application Deadline: Feb 24, 2021
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, and/or social workers focused on training practitioners to provide mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs), 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 practicing nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, 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
- Increasing the number of physician assistants and nurse practitioners that are trained in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with a clinical training component and obtain a DATA2000 waiver
- Establishing a foundation of skills and expertise for the community-based program that supports training nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and/or social workers 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: 4
Estimated total program funding: $10,300,000
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include:
- Teaching health centers as defined in 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, 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 one or more of the eligible disciplines that train practicing professionals.
Applicants can request funding priority by demonstrating that they meet one of the four qualifications below:
- Qualification 1: Capacity to train specified professionals by providing a narrative describing the applicant's capacity to train the proposed number of participants of the specified professions (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and/or social workers) to meet the needs of the area served and a data table for the proposed number of participants for each year of the project.
- Qualification 2: Team-based care by providing 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 two calendar years, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
- Qualification 3: Health information
technology by providing a narrative describing
the applicant's experience in using health information
technology and/or telehealth in the past two calendar
years, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, 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 by demonstrating 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 three criteria:
- 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.
- 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
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
Topics This Program Addresses
Healthcare Workforce • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Prevention • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment