Behavioral Health

We expand and develop the substance abuse and behavioral 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 behavioral health workforce development programs do we fund?

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program

We fund paraprofessional and professional training programs to develop and expand the substance abuse and behavioral health workforce.

Supplemental Funding

HRSA supplemental awards support current BHWET grantees who partner with health centers in an effort to improve access to opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorder (SUD) treatment through the development of integrated, interprofessional care teams.

In 2018, 21 grantees received up to $400,000 for the BHWET program. These awards are part of the HHS $1 billion initiative to combat the opioid crisis.

BHWET Outcomes and Impact

Learn more about the accomplishments of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program awardees (PDF - 371 KB) who received support during academic years 2014-2018.

Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program

We fund APA accredited schools, universities, and other nonprofit organizations to plan, develop, operate, or maintain graduate programs in behavioral health practice to train psychologists to work with underserved populations.

In 2019, 49 grantees received a combined total of $17,412,319 for the GPE program. These awards are part HHS's ongoing initiative to combat the opioid crisis.

Opioid Workforce Expansion Programs (OWEP) for Professionals and Paraprofessionals

We fund eligible institutions to enhance community-based training for students preparing to become behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals focused on opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.

In 2019, 48 grantees received a combined total of $57,466,867 for the OWEP Professionals program and 16 grantees received a combined total of $12,385,511 for the OWEP Paraprofessionals program. These awards are part HHS's ongoing initiative to combat the opioid crisis.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019