Rural Behavioral Health Workforce Centers - Northern Border Region
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will provide funding for 4 Rural Behavioral Health Workforce Centers (RBHWCs) in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont to develop and implement training and mentorship programs focused on building the skills and capacity of rural healthcare providers, paraprofessionals, non-clinical staff, and community members to care for individuals with behavioral health care needs. RBHWCs are part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, an initiative with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality resulting from substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in high risk rural communities.
Program objectives include:
- Form and sustain a multi-sectoral strategic network of key behavioral health and community services partners from across the target rural service area, to support the development and implementation of training and mentorship programs as well as recruitment of participants
- Assess resources, needs, and opportunities in the target rural service area as they relate to the program goal to inform future activities of the program, including an initial assessment in year 1 and ongoing updates in years 2-3
- In collaboration with the strategic network, develop and implement training and mentorship programs that address identified gaps in the skills and capacity of rural healthcare providers, paraprofessionals, non-clinical staff, and community members to care for individuals with behavioral health needs
- In collaboration with the strategic network, develop and implement training and mentorship programs that address health equity and stigma as it relates to behavioral health
- Ensure that trainings and mentorship programs are available, accessible, and well-known throughout the entire target rural service area
Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities.
Applicants must be physically located in the state they will be serving and have demonstrated experience serving eligible rural counties and census tracts in the Northern Border Regional Commission service area.
Award ceiling: $375,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 4
Estimated total program funding: $1,500,000
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