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Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training

Purpose

The FY 2016 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Paraprofessionals and Professionals program, in support of the White House's Now is the Time initiative, aims to expand the behavioral health workforce serving children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have a recognized behavioral health disorder.

Grant recipients will be expected to expand the behavioral health workforce by supporting education and clinical training for behavioral health-related paraprofessionals and professionals. All internships and field placements must focus on working with at-risk children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth, and include experiential training.

BHWET grant recipients will help to close the gap in access to behavioral health care services by increasing the numbers of adequately prepared behavioral health providers entering and continuing practice with at-risk children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth. Grant recipient activities will place special emphasis on prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for those at risk of developing mental and substance use disorders, and the involvement of families in the prevention and treatment of behavioral health conditions.

Applicants should be committed to ensuring culturally competent care by increasing diversity in health professions programs and the health workforce. This commitment extends to ensuring that the workforce is reflective of the diversity of the nation, training programs develop the competencies and skills needed for intercultural understanding and expand cultural fluency, and recognizing that bringing people of diverse backgrounds and experiences together facilitates innovative and strategic practices that enhance the health of all people.

Eligible Applicants

HRSA-16- 193:  Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Eligible applicants include:

  • Behavioral paraprofessional certificate training programs; and peer paraprofessional certificate training programs;
  • Accredited master-level schools and programs of psychology, marriage and family therapy, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners, counselors, including licensed professional counselors and school counselors. Programs must require a pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training and a prerequisite for graduation; and
  • American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral-level internships in health service psychology.

Current BHWET recipients are not eligible to apply.  Given the current number of BHWET-supported Schools and programs of social work and to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of total FY 2016 funds across the behavioral health continuum from paraprofessionals to professionals, Schools and programs of social work are also not eligible to apply.