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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program

Grants to USA Higher Education Institutions for
the Training of Behavioral Health Professionals

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United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

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01/21/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories IHE medical certification programs to expand and develop the behavioral health workforce. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to provide patients with greater access to behavioral health services.

The purpose of the BHWET Program for Professionals is to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services. A special focus is placed on the knowledge and understanding of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders.

Program Goals

  1. Establish relationships with community-based partners (e.g. hospitals, crisis centers, state and local health departments, emergency departments, faith-based organizations, first responders, and judicial systems) to increase access to quality behavioral health services in high need and high demand areas for populations across the lifespan;
  2. Promote collaborative training by utilizing team-based models of care in integrated, interdisciplinary behavioral and primary care settings; and
  3. Recruit a workforce that reflects participation in the institutions’ programs of individuals and groups from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, and class backgrounds, and different genders and sexual orientations, interested in serving high need and high demand areas interested in serving high need and high demand areas.

The BHWET program aims to promote technology integration in the training programs it supports. Strategies to improve digital health literacy and the uptake of health technology increase availability and access to health information, as well as patient engagement, leading to improved health outcomes. Additionally, offering options for distance learning can allow students who may face barriers to receiving in person didactic training continued learning. Telehealth services can be leveraged to connect patients and providers when geographical, social, and other barriers prevent inperson visits. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use telehealth in their proposed service delivery plans when feasible or appropriate. 

HHS and HRSA Priorities

Improving mental health care and access to quality services is a HHS and HRSA clinical priority. The BHWET program seeks to address this priority by increasing the behavioral health workforce across disciplines, in high need and high demand areas, and through the collaboration with community-based partnerships. 

For a list of program objectives, see page 7 of the NOFO document in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 142815

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 92 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $480,000 per year. Awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025 (4 years). Funding beyond the first year is subject to the availability of appropriated funds for the BHWET Program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For the purposes of this program, 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 psychiatry, psychology, school psychology, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric nursing (which may include master’s and doctoral level programs), social work, school social work, SUD prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling, including such programs with a focus on child and adolescent mental health, trauma, and transitional-age youth;
- Accredited doctoral, internship, and post-doctoral residency programs of health service psychology (including clinical psychology, counseling, and school psychology); and
- 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.

All current grant recipients funded under the FY 2017 BHWET Program for Professionals are eligible to apply and grant recipients will need to distinguish how proposed activities under this NOFO differ from other currently awarded BHW grants.

Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal
organizations may also apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.

Individuals are not eligible to apply under this NOFO.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The webinar(s) will provide an overview of pertinent information in the NOFO and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions.

BHWET-Professionals TA Webinar
Friday, October 23, 2020 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Join the webinar at
Dial-in: 800-779-4815 | Passcode: 8228002

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: January 21, 2021
Estimated Award Date: July 1, 2021

Ensure and registrations and passwords are current immediately. Deadline extensions are not granted for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

- Dun and Bradstreet (
- System for Award Management (SAM) (

Cost sharing 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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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Nandini Assar, Ph.D., Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-4920

For additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance:
Isabel Nieto
Project Officer, Division of Nursing and Public Health
Attn: BHWET Program
Bureau of Health Workforce
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N130A
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-2351

For assistance with submitting the application in, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays: Contact Center
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726 (International Callers, please dial 606-545-5035)
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For assistance with submitting information in the EHBs, contact the HRSA Contact Center, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, excluding federal holidays at:
HRSA Contact Center
Telephone: (877) 464-4772
TTY: (877) 897-9910
HRSA-21-089 40

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