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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program

Announcement Number:

Bureau of Health Workforce

Date(s) to Apply:
04/12/2017 to 06/12/2017

Estimated Award Date:

What is the program?

The BHWET Program develops and expands the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including rural and medically underserved areas.  

It places special emphasis on establishing or expanding meaningful, longitudinal internships or field placement programs in behavioral health that include interprofessional training for students/interns, faculty, and field supervisors to provide quality behavioral health services.

Grant recipients will help close the gap in access to behavioral health care services by establishing partnerships with a broad range of organizations and community partners to ensure a wide recruitment of students, opportunities for field placements, career development, and provide job placement services. 

Students will be trained in effective behavioral health treatment modalities at interprofessional and team-based care field placement sites or through internships that are working toward or have instituted the integration of behavioral health and primary care.  

These efforts will aid to increase the number of adequately prepared behavioral health providers serving populations across the lifespan, including  persons in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically-underserved communities.

Are you eligible?

Professional Track

Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited behavioral health professional training programs in behavioral pediatrics, social work, school social work, substance use disorder prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling.  

Programs must require a pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training and a prerequisite for graduation.

Accredited schools of masters or doctoral-level training in psychiatry, psychiatric- nursing programs. APA-accredited doctoral level schools and programs in health service psychology or school psychology programs with a practicum of ten or more hours per week for two semesters, and APA-accredited doctoral internship programs in professional psychology.

Paraprofessional Certificate Track

Behavioral paraprofessional certificate training programs and peer paraprofessional certificate training programs offered by states, political subdivisions of states, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, public or nonprofit private health professions schools, academic health centers, state or local governments, or other appropriate public or private nonprofit entities as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

Entities must offer a certificate to the trainees upon completion of a program in a paraprofessional behavioral health-related field (i.e., peer support counselor, community health worker, outreach worker, social services aide, mental health worker, substance abuse/addictions worker, youth worker, promotora), and must include an experiential field placement component.

The certificate should prepare students to apply for state licensure or certification. Students may be new to the field or may be paraprofessionals who are already practicing and want additional credentials to advance their employability.

All behavioral health education and training by grant recipients must prepare students for work in health care, social service and/or behavioral health organizations with focus on working with persons in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically-underserved communities.  

The didactic and experiential training should prepare students to perform a broad range of functions. Tribes and tribal organizations may apply for this these funds, if otherwise eligible.

Eligible applicants must be located in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico


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