(CLOSED) Limited Submission: Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program

The purpose of the BHWET Program is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas. The BHWET Program places special emphasis on establishing or expanding internships or field placement programs in behavioral health that include interdisciplinary training for: 1) students/interns, 2) faculty, and 3) field supervisors to provide quality behavioral health services to communities in need.

Applicants must emphasize:

  • training in prevention and clinical interventions for those at risk of developing or who have a recognized behavioral health disorder
  • strategies for incorporating the involvement of families and community partnerships in the prevention and treatment of behavioral health conditions
  • curricula enhancement and interprofessional training for students/interns, faculty, and field placement supervisors
  • career development in behavioral health for paraprofessionals and peer support specialists

There are two tracks for this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): 1) BHWET Professional Track and 2) BHWET Paraprofessional Certificate Track.

Program Requirements for the Professional Track

You must:

  • Provide stipend support to graduate-level students for no less than six consecutive months and no more than 12 consecutive months who will be completing their final field placement (internship or field placement) prior to graduation;
    • Part-time students and interns are allowed to receive a stipend prorated at one half of the fixed amount for no more than 24 consecutive months;
  • Implement interdisciplinary training with two or more disciplines and integration of behavioral health with primary care;
  • Increase the number of field placements and internships with a focus on working with persons in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically-underserved communities; and
  • Provide interprofessional training for faculty and field placement supervisors.

Program Requirements for the Paraprofessional Certificate Track

You must:

  • Support students through provision of tuition, fees, and supplies to complete a certificate program in a behavioral health-related field for no more than 12 consecutive months;
    • Part-time student support is allowed for tuition, fees and supplies prorated at one-half of the fixed amount for no more than 24 consecutive months.
  • Include an experiential field placement or internship in the certificate program;
  • Create additional slots beyond current program capacity in a paraprofessional certificate program(s) to increase the number of students trained with a focus on working with persons in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved communities; and
  • Support career development in behavioral health for paraprofessionals to encourage career progression.

Please read the full program announcement for all requirements before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • Upper $44,000,000 USD

Estimated award amount will be to $480,000 per year for the Professional Track and up to $300,000 per year for the Paraprofessional Certificate Track.


  • Professional Track
    • Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited behavioral health professional training programs in psychiatry, behavioral pediatrics, social work, school social work, substance use disorder prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling. Programs must require a pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training and a prerequisite for graduation
    • Accredited schools of masters or doctoral-level training in psychiatric nursing programs
    • American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral level schools and programs of health service psychology or school psychology
  • Paraprofessional Certificate Track
    • Behavioral paraprofessional certificate training programs and peer paraprofessional certificate training programs offered by States, political subdivisions of states, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, public or nonprofit private health professions schools, academic health centers, State or local governments, or other appropriate public or private nonprofit entities as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

Limitation Details

Institutions may submit up to two applications — one under the Professional Track and one under the Paraprofessional Certificate Track. Applicants may not submit two applications for either the Professional Track or Paraprofessional Track. If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • The track (Professional Track OR Paraprofessional Certificate Track) and discipline to which your proposal applies
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • PI’s curriculum vitae

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

  • Nandini Assar
    Grants Management Specialist
    HRSA Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
    5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
    Rockville, MD 20857
    Telephone: (301) 443-4920
    Email: nassar@hrsa.gov
  • Nicole Wilkerson
    Project Officer
    Behavioral and Public Health Branch, Division of Nursing and Public Health
    Attn: BHWET Program
    Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA
    5600 Fishers Lane, 11N94A
    Rockville, MD 20857
    Email: BHWET@hrsa.gov

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