We expand and develop the substance abuse and mental health workforce. We do this by awarding grants that support:
- substance abuse prevention and treatment services, and
- care in settings that provide combined primary and behavioral health services to underserved and/or rural populations.
Which Mental and Behavioral Health Workforce Development Programs Do We Fund?
We fund paraprofessional and professional training programs to develop and expand the substance abuse and mental health workforce. We work closely with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), particularly via the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions to administer this program.
We fund schools, universities, and other nonprofit organizations to plan, develop, operate, or maintain graduate programs in mental and behavioral health practice to train psychologists to work with underserved populations.
We fund training and education, faculty development, and curriculum enhancement to prepare students for leadership roles in public health social work through enrollment in a dual master’s degree program in social work and public health.