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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals

Deadline: June 3, 2014

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), is accepting applications for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Professionals grant program. The purpose of this program is to develop and expand the substance abuse and mental health workforce who, following their training, will focus on children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have developed a recognized behavioral health disorder. Special emphasis is on training to meet the needs of transitional-age persons 16 to 25 years old who are at risk for mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide, and among the least likely to seek continuous help. Applicants must emphasize prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for those at risk for engaging in harmful behaviors, including violence, and the involvement of families in the prevention and treatment of behavioral health conditions.

HRSA and SAMHSA are seeking to train a total of 1,800 additional behavioral health professionals per year through this grant program. The funding is to support pre-degree clinical internships and field placements for master’s-level social workers, psychologists, professional counselors, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners, and marriage and family therapists; and, doctoral-level psychologists.

Grantees will be expected to use funds for the following activities:

1. Provide stipend support to master’s or doctoral-level students for no more than 12-month experiential training (internship or field placement);

2. Recruit students interested in pursuing behavioral health practice;

3. Develop and implement interprofessional training and integration with primary care (including professional, paraprofessional and peer support workers);

4. Develop and implement field placements and internships focused on serving at-risk children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in an integrated primary care setting; and,

5. Evaluate the program, collect needed program information, and disseminate findings to appropriate audiences.

Amount: $26,700,000 in FY 2014. HRSA will make 60-130 grants of up to $480,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are accredited master’s-level schools and programs of social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners and professional counseling (including the areas of mental health and addiction/substance use disorder counseling) that require a pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training and a prerequisite for graduation; and doctoral-level health service psychology internships and schools and programs. Doctoral psychology disciplines include health services psychology, clinical psychology and counseling psychology.

Note: Two technical assistance calls are available for applicants and scheduled for April 9 and April 24, 2014.

Link: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/behavioralhealth/

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