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 or rural populations.

Which programs do we fund?

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program

We fund paraprofessional and professional training programs.

Supplemental Funding

Our supplemental awards support current BHWET grantees. These grantees partner with health centers to improve access to opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. This occurs 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 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. Through their graduate programs in behavioral health practice, they 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

Our funding allows eligible institutions to improve 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, 49 grantees received a combined total of $58,629,888 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:  February 2020