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This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training - Children, Adolescents, and Young Adult (BHWET-CAY) Program for Professionals. The purpose of the BHWET-CAY Program is to increase the supply and distribution of behavioral health providers in rural and underserved communities to address the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 16-25). The BHWET-CAY Program aims to address specific bottlenecks in recruiting and training behavioral health professionals including by providing stipends to support trainees during their clinical/experiential training and by increasing the supply of and training for clinical supervisors overseeing trainees. Program Goals: 1. Establishing training opportunities (i.e., field placements, internships, etc.) for trainees in community-based settings serving children, adolescents, and young adults, prioritizing settings in underserved and rural communities. 2. Increasing the number of clinical supervisors for behavioral health professional trainees working with children, adolescents, and young adults and enhancing training opportunities for new and existing faculty and clinical supervisors focused on the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and young adults. 3. Providing assistance and supports to connect graduates with employment opportunities.
For the purposes of this program, eligible applicants include:
• Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited professional training programs that are establishing or expanding internships or other field placement programs in mental health in psychiatry, psychology, school psychology, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric nursing (which may include master’s and doctoral level programs), social work, school social work, substance use disorder prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy (which may include master’s and doctoral level programs), school counseling, or professional counseling, including such 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) for the development and implementation of interdisciplinary training of psychology graduate students for providing behavioral health services, including trauma-informed care and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, as well as the development of faculty in health service psychology; and
• Accredited master’s and doctoral degree programs of social work for the development and implementation of interdisciplinary training of social work graduate students for providing behavioral health services, including trauma-informed care and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, and the development of faculty in social work.
In addition to entities in the 50 states, eligible entities may be located in the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
Domestic community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations may also apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.
Note: Individuals are not eligible to apply under this NOFO.