Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals
The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals provides funding to develop and expand experiential training opportunities, such as field placements and internships, to improve the distribution and supply of the behavioral health workforce. The program emphasizes relationships with community-based partners to increase access to quality behavioral health services across the lifespan in high need and high demand areas. Special focus is placed on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns for children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth who are at risk for behavioral health disorders.
- Increase the number of experiential training sites to promote the integration of behavioral health into primary care settings in high need and high demand areas. Experiential placements must include interdisciplinary training of two or more health disciplines using a team based care approach to provide quality behavioral health services.
- Enhance didactic and experiential training activities through the development of competencies in primary and behavioral integrated, interprofessional team-based trauma informed care, for trainees, faculty, and staff
- Establish community partnerships to ensure participation from individuals and groups from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, and class backgrounds, and different genders and sexual orientations, opportunities for field placements, community education, career development, and provide job placement services, to increase access to behavioral health services
- Promote technology integration in the provision of services and training programs, including utilizing telehealth services, implementing strategies to increase digital health literacy, and offering options for distance learning
- Reduce financial barriers by providing financial support to trainees in the form of stipends and other participant support costs
Eligible applicants include:
- Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited professional training programs that are establishing or expanding internships or other field placement programs in mental health in:
- School psychology
- Behavioral pediatrics
- Psychiatric nursing
- Social work
- School social work
- Substance use disorder prevention and treatment
- Marriage and family therapy
- Occupational therapy
- School counseling
- Professional counseling
- Accredited doctoral, internship, and post-doctoral programs of health service psychology for the development and implementation of interdisciplinary training of psychology graduate students for providing behavioral health services, including trauma-informed care and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, as well as the development of faculty in health service psychology
- Accredited master's and doctoral degree programs of social work for the development and implementation of interdisciplinary training of social work graduate students for providing behavioral health services, including trauma-informed care and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, and the development of faculty in social work
Award ceiling: $480,000 per year
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 92
Estimated total program funding: $44,200,000
Matching is only required for doctoral-level psychology, psychiatry, behavioral pediatrics, and psychiatric nursing internships, where applicable, to cover any student stipend costs beyond $28,352 per geographic reimbursement requirements set by the applicable association.
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