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.

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.

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.

Supplemental Funding

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET)-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.

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 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.

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2019