Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants
Provide support to institutions of higher education with accredited schools or programs in social work and doctoral psychology and pre-degree internship organizations (public and private nonprofit) to recruit students and provide education and clinical experience in behavioral health. This program was funded by Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) in FY 12.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Title VII, Sections 750 and 756 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294e-1), as amended by Sections 5306(a), 5002(a)(3), and 4002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants for the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Program are accredited schools and programs of social work, and accredited doctoral psychology schools, programs and pre-degree internship organizations (public and private nonprofit). Eligible applicant institutions/organizations must be located in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the 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.
Beneficiaries of the award (student trainees) must be citizens of the United States, Nationals of the United States, or must possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Student trainees must also be enrolled in accredited master level schools or programs in social work or doctoral schools or programs of psychology and pre-degree internship organizations (public and private nonprofit).
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement 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. Social work training programs must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Doctoral training schools, programs, and internships in psychology must be accredited by the American Psychological Association. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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
Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 to 180 days after receipt of applications.
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 Funding Opportunity Announcement for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
The MBHET program supports eligible institutions of higher education with accredited health professions training programs in social work and psychology to recruit students and provide education and clinical experience in mental and behavioral health.
Seventy-five percent of the requested funding must be distributed as stipends to the social work and psychology graduate students to support their field placements and pre-degree internships respectively. The remaining twenty-five percent can be used to support and recruit new students interested in pursuing a clinical concentration with identified special populations; develop and implement interprofessional training; and add to existing, expand and/or foster the development of new pre-degree internship slots for PhD/PsyD psychology students or field placements for MSW students.
Restricted Uses: Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment. Student support through stipends, tuition, and fees is not eligible for support. Two applications from an institution are allowable if one application is submitted from the graduate program in psychology and the other from the graduate program in social work.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The recipient will be required to submit semi-annual performance and annual progress reports, including semi-annual Prevention and Public Health Fund reports. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA’s Application Guide. A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html). Competing continuation recipients, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records three 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 three 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 three year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. 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 three-year project period with a single budget period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Cynthia Harne 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-89,, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - Fiscal year 2012 funding for a single 3-year budget/project period.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 12 awards ranged from $121,096 to $480,275, with an average award of $406,621 for a three year project period and a single budget period.
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.
Examples of Funded Projects