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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training - Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (BHWET-CAY) Program for Professionals


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Application Deadline: Jul 14, 2023


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Offers funding to accredited institutions and programs to establish training opportunities, such as field placements and internships, for individuals training in behavioral health professions focused on serving children and youth ages 16-25 in rural and underserved communities. Supports the recruitment and training of behavioral health professionals in rural and underserved areas by providing financial assistance to trainees, increasing the number of clinical supervisors available to provide training, and connecting graduates with employment opportunities.

Required activities include:

  • Provide stipend support to trainees in their final year of experiential training prior to graduation for no less than 6 consecutive months and no more than 12 consecutive months for full-time trainees
  • Develop or expand the number of experiential trainings sites that prioritize cultural and linguistic competencies in rural and underserved communities, including traditional, non-traditional, community-based, and tribal settings
  • Recruit current students and clinical supervisors into the program from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, and class backgrounds, and different genders and sexual orientations
  • Provide training to faculty, clinical supervisors, and trainees to increase the knowledge of the concerns of children and adolescents, and young adults exhibiting risk factors for or diagnosed with mental health or substance use disorders (SUD)
  • Recruit, develop, retain, and, compensate (if not otherwise funded) clinical supervisors supporting field placements, internships, practicums, and other opportunities for trainees
  • Provide resources and support to trainees in securing employment post-graduation in rural and underserved communities that provide behavioral health services to children and youth

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $530,000 per year
Project period: 2 years
Estimated number of awards: 18
Estimated total program funding: $9,700,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Accredited institutions of higher education or professional training programs establishing or expanding experiential training in 1 of the following behavioral health disciplines:
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychology
    • School psychology
    • Behavioral pediatrics
    • Psychiatric nursing
    • Social work
    • School social work
    • SUD prevention and treatment
    • Marriage and family therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • School counseling
    • Professional counseling, including programs with a focus on child and adolescent mental health, trauma, and transitional-age youth
  • Accredited doctoral, internship, and post-doctoral residency programs of health service psychology, including clinical psychology, counseling, and school psychology
  • Accredited master's and doctoral internship, and post-doctoral residency programs of health service psychology for developing or implementing interdisciplinary training psychology graduate students for the provision of behavioral health services, including trauma-informed care and SUD prevention and treatment services, as well as the development of faculty in health service psychology
  • Accredited master's and doctoral degree programs of social work for developing and implementing interdisciplinary training of social work graduate students for providing behavioral health services, including trauma-informed care and SUD prevention and treatment services, and the development of faculty in social work
  • Domestic community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations, if otherwise eligible

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

  1. Qualification 1 - High Rate: Must demonstrate that at least 50% of program graduates in practice settings served MUCs in academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
  2. Qualification 2 - Significant Increase: Must demonstrate a 25% increase in placing program graduates in MUCs from academic year 2020-2021 to academic year 2021-2022.
  3. Qualification 3 - New Program: New programs are defined as any program that has graduated/completed less than 3 classes. Programs must meet at least 4 or more of the following criteria:
    • Preparing health professionals to serve underserved populations must be included as a specific purpose of the training organization's mission statement
    • Program curriculum contains content designed to help practitioners prepare to serve underserved populations
    • Program requires substantial clinical training in MUCs
    • 20% or more of the clinical program faculty spend a minimum of 50% of their time serving or supervising care in MUCs
    • A substantial portion or the entirety of the program physically resides in a MUC
    • Trainees can obtain assistance, which is linked to service in MUCs, through the program after graduation
    • Residency program offers a placement mechanism for assisting graduates with finding positions in MUCs

MUCs are defined as Health Professional Shortage Areas (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 Find Shortage Area tools.

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What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording
Applicant question and answer session


For programmatic or technical questions:
India Johns

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

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Substance Use Disorder • Youth