Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants

 

The purpose of the BHWET Program is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas. The BHWET Program places special emphasis on establishing or expanding internships or field placement programs in behavioral health that include interdisciplinary training for: 1) students/interns, 2) faculty, and 3) field supervisors to provide quality behavioral health services to communities in need. There are currently two tracks: 1) BHWET Professional Track and 2) BHWET Paraprofessional Certificate Track. The purpose of the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals and Paraprofessionals programs is to build upon existing HRSA investments to enhance community-based experiential training focused on Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other Substance Use Disorders (SUD) for students preparing to become behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals. A focus is on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in high need and high demand areas who are at risk for mental health and substance use disorders.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.732
Federal Agency/Office
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Authorization
Sections 755 and 756 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294e-1)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Professional Track o 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. o Accredited schools of masters or doctoral-level training in psychiatry, psychiatric- nursing programs. o 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 o 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. o 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. o 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. Eligible applicant institutions/organizations must be located in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia. Faith-based and community-based organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
For all programs, students must be enrolled in the school or program receiving the grant award in order to receive stipend and tuition support. For the OWEP Paraprofessionals program, state-licensed mental health nonprofit and for-profit organizations are also eligible applicants.In addition, students/interns must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or foreign nationals who possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants should review the individual HRSA notice of funding opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. Applicant institutions are required to include documentation of accreditation in their application. All programs must be accredited institutions of higher education or accredited professional training programs. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov. All eligible, qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Award Procedure
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 to 180 days after receipt of applications.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Depending on Agency priorities and availability of funding, during the final budget year of the approved project period competing continuation applications may be solicited from interested applicants.
How are proposals selected?
Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by nonfederal reviewers for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Professional Track • Stipend Support Activity. At least 60 percent of a grant recipient’s overall requested budget (direct and indirect costs) must be used for stipends to students in field placement or internships, according to guidelines specified in the NOFO. • Administration and Management of the Program. No more than 40 percent of funding may be dedicated to grant recipient activities for (1) development of interprofessional training for students/interns, faculty, and field supervisors; (2) development of field placements/internships in integrated behavioral health into primary care; (3) financial support for the supervision of students and interns in field placement/internship; (4) Student/intern support costs including health insurance, travel, attendance at professional conferences, preparation for licensing exams, licensees, and other allowable trainee-related expenses; (5) program administration and management; and (6) data collection Paraprofessional Certificate Track • Student Support Activity. At least 70 percent of a grant recipient’s overall requested budget (direct and indirect costs) must be used for student support activities (i.e., tuition, fees, and supplies), as specified in the NOFO. • Administration and Management of the Program. Up to 30 percent of the overall requested budget may be dedicated to grant recipient activities for (1) development of experiential field placement; (2) creation of additional slots beyond current program capacity in a paraprofessional certificate program(s) to expand the number of students trained with a focus on working with persons in rural, vulnerable, and/or underserved communities; (3) career development in behavioral health for paraprofessionals to encourage career progression; (4) financial support for the supervision of students in experiential field placement; (5) administration and management; and (6) data collection.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the FFR. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3 year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3 year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. If you are applying for funding for doctoral-level psychiatry, psychology or school psychology internships you must document your intent to leverage other resources and related ongoing efforts to align with the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers' (APPIC) stipend level requirements, if appropriate. Refer to latest NOFO for further information. This program has Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements. The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for grant activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving the award.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This funding opportunity provides support for a four-year project period. Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards. Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
BHWET Program Nicole Wilkerson, Project Officer, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration; 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N94A, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: BHWET@hrsa.gov Phone:301-443-7759 OWEP Professionals Program Andrea G. Battle, Ph.D., Project Officer, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration; 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N94A, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: OWEP-PRO@hrsa.gov OWEP Paraprofessionals Program Nicole M. Wilkerson, Project Officer, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration; 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N94A, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: OWEP-para@hrsa.gov
Headquarters Office
Nicole Wilkerson, Project Officer, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce,
Health Resources and Services Administration; 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N94A
Rockville, MD 20857 US
BHWET@hrsa.gov
Phone: 301-443-7759
Website Address
http://www.hrsa.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0353-0-1-550
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$44,000,000.00; FY 19 est $50,000,000.00; FY 20 est $82,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 17 Range: $57,142-$480,000; Average $307,637 FY 18 Range: $83,320-$480,000; Average $343,126 FY 19 est Range: $83,324-$480,000; Average $364,033
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/hhsgrantspolicy.pdf.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 


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