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Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals

Announcement Number:

Bureau of Health Workforce

Date(s) to Apply:
03/08/2019 to 05/07/2019

Estimated Award Date:

Estimated Award Amount:
$39.3 million

Estimated Number of Awards:

What is the program?

The Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals program will enhance community-based experiential training for students preparing to become behavioral health professionals with a focus on Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other Substance Use Disorders (SUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

The program will provide funding for training behavioral health professionals in the provision of OUD and other SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high need and high demand areas.

The program also supports the development of behavioral health faculty skills and expertise in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of patients with OUD and other SUD.

Award recipients will impact the quality and access to behavioral health and substance use services in high need and high demand areas by increasing the number of professionals and transforming integrated behavioral health and primary care teams to effectively prevent and treat OUD and other SUD in community-based practices.

Are you eligible?

Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited behavioral health professional training programs. These programs can include 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, or professional counseling.

To ensure students are prepared to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, programs must require a pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training and a prerequisite for graduation.

  • Accredited masters or doctoral-level programs in social work.
  • American Psychology Association (APA)-accredited doctoral, internship and post-doctoral residency programs of psychology and health service psychology (including clinical psychology, counseling and school psychology) programs in practice psychology.

Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply, if otherwise eligible.

In addition to the 50 states, eligible entities include 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, or the Republic of Palau.

Contact Us

Andrea G. Battle, Ph.D.

Phone: (301) 443-1928

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