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FAQ: Behavioral Health Workforce Development Technical Assistance and Evaluation (BHWD TAE) Program

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA 21-086

Application Submission
Applicant Eligibility
Accreditation
Program Requirements and Grantee Responsibilities
Use of Funds
Funding Preference and Priority

Applicant Submission

  1. How can I obtain a copy of the full notice of funding opportunity (NOFO)?

    Access the 2021 BHWD TAE NOFO

  1. How many applications will be awarded under this funding opportunity?

    One application.

  1. Is there a page limit on the program narrative?

    No. The program narrative does not have a page limit.

    Your application must not exceed 80 pages (including uploaded files). Refer to page 7 of the NOFO for more details on the page limits.

  1. Will the recording of this webinar be posted to a URL?

    Yes. The link to the recording is BHWD TAE TA Recording.

  1. Can a collaborative apply?

    Yes. Formal or informal consortiums are allowed; however, there can only be one lead applicant who meets the eligibility requirements.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Could you please clarify if a for-profit domestic corporation is eligible to apply?

    Eligible applicants for BHWD TAE include:

    • Health professions schools
    • Academic health centers
    • State or local governments
    • Public or private nonprofit entities that train health professions

Refer to Page 5 of the NOFO for eligibility information.

  1. Is an academic institution required to be part of the application?

    No. The NOFO does not require an academic institution to participate in the application.

Accreditation

  1. Do we need to include both our School of Public Health and our university's documentation for Attachment 4?

    We only require accreditation documentation for the school and/or program of public health. Please note that the accreditation must be from a nationally recognized accrediting body, as specified by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Requirements and Grantee Responsibilities

  1. On page 10 of the NOFO, what is meant by "transforming BHWD grantees' environments"?

    Transforming BHWD grantees' environments includes improving the didactic and/or experiential training environments of grantees.

  1. Will the grantee oversee the efficacy of the current website, or will they need to create it?

    You are responsible for building, maintaining, and hosting the website.

  1. Does the grantee develop the "private website" or "use a HRSA website" as the platform for use by HRSA grantees?

    You are responsible for building and maintaining the private facing website. 

  1. Will all the tailored technical assistance (T/TA) be provided virtually due to the impacts of COVID-19?

    Yes. TA will be delivered through, but not limited to, individual and group virtual TA, webinars and engagement calls.  You must conduct virtual TA following CDC guidelines during this Public Health Emergency.

  1. Is there a current recipient for this grant?

    No. There is not a current recipient for this grant. This is a new program.

  1. What level of security is required for the website? (a) Very high level similar to websites with PII/PHI (e.g., two-factor authentication for every use), or (b) more general TA tracking security (e.g., registration and verification of grantees with passwords changing every 90 days, etc.)?

    The website needs to be secure and located on a closed server. The minimal level of security for the website will require passcode-protection for aspects of the website related to grantee information and learning modules. 

  1. Is the expectation of the five learning collaboratives that there is one collaborative per grant program or five topical that would be across all program grantees? Is it open to the applicant?

    You must create a minimum of five learning collaboratives that the current and future grant recipients in the specified HRSA-funded programs will access based on their identified needs.

    The learning collaborative topics will be created to inform and disseminate best practices and resources that promote the widespread enhancement of training in mental health treatment and OUD/SUD prevention, treatment and recovery services

  1. Will GPRA data be expected to be reported in SPARS?

    No. HRSA does not use SPARS. Refer to BHW Reporting Page for more information regarding performance reporting and measures.

  1. Can you please say more about expectations of the five "learning collaboratives" and "Communities of Practice"?

    Learning collaboratives should be focused and based on the data from the needs assessment, as well as from the needs of the grantees in the programs serviced by this NOFO. 

    You need to ensure that they properly identify subject-matter topics that are relevant to the grantees’ programmatic requirements.

  1. Is there any expectation for doing a follow-up evaluation of TA and training services?

    Rapid cycle quality improvement (RCQI) would be implemented throughout the life of the program to determine if the provided technical assistance services are effective and if the knowledge of the grantees using the TA center is enhanced.

  1. Can we receive a list of various disciplines?

    The NOFO funds grant programs that train students in the following disciplines:

    Certificate-level:

    • Mental health worker, peer support counselor, peer support specialist, community health worker, outreach worker, social services aide, substance abuse/addictions worker, youth worker, promotor/a, recovery coach, recovery manager, recovery mentor, recovery support specialist and recovery guide

    Master’s level:

    • Master’s-level social work and social work students in their Advanced Standing field placement or in the final field placement for other social work programs
    • Master’s-level school counseling, professional counseling, SUD prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, psychology programs, or psychiatric nursing programs

    Doctoral and Post-Doctoral level:

    • Doctoral-level social work programs
    • Doctoral-level psychiatric nursing
    • Doctoral-level psychology internships in health service psychology
    • Doctoral interns in APA-accredited doctoral internship programs in professional psychology
    • Doctoral-level psychology or school psychology practicum for ten or more hours per week per academic semester for two semesters
    • Post-doctoral level psychology residencies in practice psychology; residencies in psychiatry, and developmental- behavioral pediatrics residencies
  1. How does HRSA define "vulnerable" populations?

    Vulnerable Populations are groups of people at higher risk for health disparities by virtue of their race or ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, or other risk factors associated with sex and gender.

  1. What are the funded entity’s Cooperative Agreement responsibilities for this NOFO?

    Responsibilities for the funded entity are noted on page 4 of the NOFO.

  1. To which grant programs, funded in Fiscal Year 2021, will the funded entity be required to provide tailored technical assistance?

    You are required to provide tailored technical assistance (TA) to current and future grant recipients in these HRSA-funded programs:

    • Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training - Professionals (BHWET Pro)
    • Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program – Paraprofessional (BHWET Para)

    Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Professionals (OWEP Pro)

    • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Paraprofessionals (OWEP Para)
    • Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Programs; and any other future HRSA-funded programs authorized by section 756 of the Public Health Service Act from Fiscal Year 2021 to Fiscal Year 2024
  1. Is the integration of behavioral health into primary care environments a requirement of this funding opportunity?

    Program’s focus is to provide TA to grantees that are required to integrate behavioral health into primary care. The TA should be reflective of the needs of the grantees and their program requirements.

Use of Funds

  1. Is there a cap on indirect costs?

    No. Applicants may request indirect costs in accordance with their approved negotiated indirect cost rate agreement- include a copy of the agreement with the application.  

    OR

    Applicants may elect to charge a de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC); however, they may only do so if they have never had an approved indirect cost rate.

    Refer to page 34 of the SF 424 R&R application guide for more information on indirect costs.

  1. Is there a percentage of costs required for evaluation/data collection?

    There is no percentage of cost specifically for evaluation or data collection. Please note that the evaluation is not on the Behavioral Health Workforce Development programs, but on the funded entity's TA and resources.

Funding Preference and Priority

  1. Is there a funding preference and/or priority for this NOFO?

    This NOFO does not have a funding preference and/or priority.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2021