FAQs: Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-19-085

Applicant Submission

  1. I wish to submit an application to the OWEP Professional Program. How do we access the full announcement?
  2. Do all attachments count toward the page limit?
  3. If an attachment is not applicable, should we skip that number in the attachment section or renumber the attachments?
  4. Can an application have more than one Program Director/Program Investigator?
  5. When does the OWEP funding opportunity close?
  6. Is the OWEP Professional Program new?
  7. Can an applicant apply for the OWEP and the GPE Program?
  8. Can an applicant apply for both OWEP Professional and Paraprofessional?
  9. If placements does not serve a high need, high demand population or area, would an application be considered?
  10. Can a university combine two disciplines within one application (e.g., master’s program in counseling psychology and a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners program)? Or, would they need to be submitted as two separate applications?

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Are federally recognized tribes eligible applicants?
  2. Are institutions that provide undergraduate or graduate education in the disciplines outlined in the NOFO eligible?
  3. Does a training site need to have both a county Mental Health HPSA and a facility HPSA score of 16 or above?
  4. We are BHWET grantees—does this make us ineligible for this grant? If our students already receive stipends under BHWET, are they eligible to receive stipends under OWEP?
  5. Are APPIC post-doctoral internships eligible?
  6. Can behavioral health agencies apply for this grant?
  7. Are Ph.D. students in marriage and family therapy eligible?

Accreditation

  1. Are accredited graduate programs that integrate psychology and spirituality in an academically rigorous, culturally informative, clinically responsible manner eligible for this funding opportunity?
  2. Do individual programs have to have specialized accreditation to apply?
  3. We are in the process of applying for accreditation, but we will not have our official accreditation letter until after the NOFO deadline. Can we still apply?

Use of Funds - Infrastructure

  1. Will budget allow for purchase of hardware, software for students, faculty, and participants?
  2. Can we pay field instructors/supervisors out of the 40 percent infrastructure?

Use of Funds - Stipends/Tuition Support

  1. Can funds be used to enhance internship programs and field placements?
  2. Are Physician or Addiction Medicine fellows eligible to receive stipends under this NOFO?
  3. Can we provide stipends to social work students that are more than $10,000?
  4. Will these funds pay for health insurance cost for the stipend recipient?
  5. Is the $28,352 dollar stipend provided to each full time PMHNP student? Would a part time PMHNP student receive half of the stipend?
  6. What is the university match for the $28,352 stipend?
  7. We have MS students doing therapy and Ph.D. students placed at sites who serve as supervisors. Can funding be used for the MS student-therapists and also the Ph.D. supervisors in training?
  8. Is the $28,352 stipend for psychiatric nurse practitioner students provided to each student or is this an aggregate total for all students?
  9. If we are eligible and choose to expand our program (add interns) through this grant when would you expect the first year interns to start since it is too late to recruit for the academic year starting in 2019?
  10. Does 60 percent include just stipends or does it include salaries and fringe benefits as well?
  11. Can stipend money we receive through this NOFO be used to support existing slots that are funded from non-federal sources?

Internships and Field Placements

  1. In regards to Table 1 Attachment 4, we anticipate partnering with multiple training sites. Should we list all of these training sites within Attachment 4, or only select a few sites to highlight?
  2. Given the page count, do we need to include Letters of Agreement (LOA) for all training sites we will be using or should we pick several to highlight? We anticipate potentially 15 training sites. Is there any specific language the LOA's need to include?
  3. Do partnering sites need to be HRSA-funded sites?
  4. Do we need multiple disciplines at the education site or just at the placement sites?

Funding Preference and Priority

  1. How do I meet the funding priority?
  2. Is there a funding preference for this NOFO?
  3. Would school psychology count for the Funding Priority?

Applicant Submission

  1. I wish to submit an application to the OWEP Professional Program. How do we access the full announcement?

    When you go to Grants.gov, please make sure you click on the “package” tab. You will see two hyperlinks next to the opportunity: Preview and Apply. Press Apply, then click Download Instructions, and you should have access to the full funding opportunity.

  2. Do all attachments count towards the page limit?

    Yes, all non-OMB required attachment count toward the page limit. We encourage applicants to print your application in its entirety, including the attachment to ensure that you do not go over the 75-page limit. If an application goes over the page limit, it will be considered non-responsive and it will not go forward for panel review.

  3. If an attachment is not applicable, should we skip that number in the attachment section or renumber the attachments?

    Please do not renumber the attachments. Attachments should be submitted with the same numbers as specified in the NOFO.

  4. Can an application have more than one Program Director/Program Investigator?

    HRSA only recognizes one Program Director/Program Investigator, who will be accountable to HRSA. However, applicants can identify multiple key personnel in their proposal.

  5. When does the OWEP funding opportunity close?

    This funding opportunity closes on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  6. Is the OWEP Professional Program new?

    Yes, the OWEP Program is new.

  7. Can an applicant apply for the OWEP and the GPE Program?

    Applicants are able to apply for both programs as long as eligibility requirements are met and applicants are able to provide appropriate resources to both programs.

  8. Can an applicant apply for both OWEP Professional and Paraprofessional?

    Applicants are able to apply for both programs as long as eligibility requirements are met and applicants are able to provide appropriate resources to both programs.

  9. If placements does not serve a high need, high demand population or area, would an application be considered?

    Yes, an applicant does not need to be located in a Mental Health HSPA area or in a county with an overdose rate higher than the national average in order to apply. However, the goal of this funding opportunity is to increase the number of behavioral health professionals trained in the provisions of OUD/SUD in high need, high demand areas.

  10. Can a university combine two disciplines within one application (e.g., master’s program in counseling psychology and a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners program)? Or, would they need to be submitted as two separate applications?

    One application per DUNS number is allowed to apply. However, applicants can apply as single entity that includes multidisciplinary training OR applicants can apply as a collaborative program. All applicants must demonstrate interprofessional collaboration in their proposals. For example, a particular program within an institution may apply as a sole grantee and demonstrate in its application the ways in which trainings are interdisciplinary (e.g. School of Social Work applies for funding asking for financial support for MSW students, and proposes training opportunities with the Psychology Department). Alternatively, two or more programs may partner on all aspects of the application (e.g., School of Social Work and Psychology Department apply together asking for financial support for both MSW students and psychology interns, and propose trainings for both groups on selected topics).

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Are federally recognized tribes eligible applicants?

    Yes, eligible applicants include the following:

    • Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited behavioral health professional training programs. These programs can include psychiatry, psychology, school psychology, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, social work, school social work, SUD prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling. To ensure students are prepared to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, programs must require a pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training and a prerequisite for graduation.
    • Accredited masters or doctoral-level programs in social work.
    • American Psychology Association (APA)-accredited doctoral, internship and post-doctoral residency programs of psychology and health service psychology (including clinical psychology, counseling and school psychology) programs in practice psychology.
    • Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply, if otherwise eligible.
    • In addition to the 50 states, eligible entities include the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.
  2. Are institutions that provide undergraduate or graduate education in the disciplines outlined in the NOFO eligible?

    Undergraduate training programs are not eligible to apply.

    Stipend support is only available for students in:

    • Master’s-level social work and social work students in their Advanced Standing field placement or in the final field placement for other social work programs
    • Master’s-level school counseling, professional counseling, SUD prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, psychology programs, or psychiatric nursing programs
    • Doctoral-level psychiatric nursing
    • Doctoral-level psychology or school psychology practicum for ten or more hours per week per academic semester for two semesters
    • Doctoral-level psychology internships in health service psychology
    • Post-doctoral level psychology residencies in practice psychology; residencies in psychiatry, and developmental- behavioral pediatrics residencies
  3. Does a training site need to have both a county Mental Health HPSA and a facility HPSA score of 16 or above?

    Per the NOFO, the training site(s) is/are located in Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) or that is/are Facility Mental HPSAs with a score of 16 or above as found in the HPSA Find tool. Thus, either County MH HPSA scores or facility MH HPSA score is acceptable.

  4. We are BHWET grantees, does this make us ineligible for this grant? If our students already receive stipends under BHWET, are they eligible to receive stipends under OWEP?

    All current program recipients are eligible for the OWEP Professional Program. Students who are receiving stipend support from the BHWET program are ineligible to receive stipends through the OWEP Program.

  5. Are APPIC post-doctoral internships eligible?

    Yes, doctoral-level psychology internships in health service psychology are eligible.

  6. Can behavioral health agencies apply for this grant?

    Yes, accredited behavioral health professional training programs are eligible for this funding announcement.

  7. Are Ph.D. students in marriage and family therapy eligible?

    No, Master’s-level school counseling, professional counseling, SUD prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, psychology programs, or psychiatric nursing programs are eligible to apply.

Accreditation

  1. Are accredited graduate programs that integrate psychology and spirituality in an academically rigorous, culturally informative, clinically responsible manner eligible for this funding opportunity?

    Yes, American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral, internship and post-doctoral residency programs of health service psychology including- clinical psychology and counseling are eligible to apply.

  2. Do individual programs have to have specialized accreditation to apply?

    Per the NOFO, applicants must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body, as specified by the U.S. Department of Education (see: DAPIP).

  3. We are in the process of applying for accreditation, but we will not have our official accreditation letter until after the NOFO deadline. Can we still apply?

    No. Applicants must be accredited at the time of their application submission and provide documentation of their institution’s accreditation letter as Attachment 6.

Use of Funds - Infrastructure

  1. Will budget allow for purchase of hardware, software for students, faculty, and participants?

    Yes, this can be part of the 40 percent administrative costs.

  2. Can we pay field instructors/supervisors out of the 40 percent infrastructure?

    Per the NOFO, applicants are required to provide a budget with at least 60 percent of a recipient’s overall requested budget (direct and indirect costs) dedicated and distributed ONLY as stipends to trainees in internships/field placements, practicums and fellowships. No more than 40 percent of funding may be dedicated to grant recipient activities for (1) development of interprofessional training for students/interns, faculty, and field supervisors; (2) development of field placements/internships in integrated behavioral health into primary care; (3) financial support for the supervision of students and interns in field placement/internship; (4) Student/intern support costs including health insurance, travel, attendance at professional conferences, preparation for licensing exams, licensees, and other allowable trainee-related expenses; (5) program administration and management; and (6) data collection.

Use of Funds - Stipends/Tuition Support

  1. Can funds be used to enhance internship programs and field placements?

    Funds may be used to enhance or expand field placements and internships with the focus of the program.

  2. Are Physician or Addiction Medicine fellows eligible to receive stipends under this NOFO?

    Per the NOFO, stipends may be awarded to fellows/residents in the following areas: $47,844 per post-doctoral psychology fellows, psychiatry residents, and developmental-behavioral pediatrics residents.

  3. Can we provide stipends to social work students that are more than $10,000?

    Master’s-level social work and social work students in their Advanced Standing field placement or in the final field placement for other social work programs can only receive up to $10,000 through this funding announcement.

  4. Will these funds pay for health insurance cost for the stipend recipient?

    No, stipends are subsistence allowances for students/interns to help defray living expenses during the training experience, and are not provided as a condition of employment, or for tuition, fees, health insurance, or other costs associated with the training program.

  5. Is the $28,352 dollar stipend provided to each full time PMHNP student? Would a part time PMHNP student receive half of the stipend?

    No more than one year or 12 consecutive months of stipend support is allowed per full-time student or intern. 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.

  6. What is the university match for the $28,352 stipend?

    Match is not required.

    Cost sharing is only required for doctoral-level Psychology, Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychiatric Nursing Internships, where applicable, to cover any student stipend costs beyond $28,352 per geographic reimbursement requirements set by the applicable association.

  7. We have MS students doing therapy and Ph.D. students placed at sites who serve as supervisors. Can funding be used for the MS student-therapists and also the Ph.D. supervisors in training?

    Only stipend funds can be used. The level of stipend per student in a master’s-level school counseling, professional counseling, SUD prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, psychology programs, or psychiatric nursing program is $10,000. Stipend support is not available for supervision.

  8. Is the $28,352 stipend for psychiatric nurse practitioner students provided to each student or is this an aggregate total for all students?

    The $28,352 stipend is for one full-time psychiatric nursing internships student.

  9. If we are eligible and choose to expand our program (add interns) through this grant when would you expect the first year interns to start since it is too late to recruit for the academic year starting in 2019?

    Trainees can be appointed anytime during a budget period for an entire six or 12-month period. In doing so, the entire six or 12-month stipend is charged (obligated) to the current year. Thus, an internship that begins during the project period may extend beyond the budget period end date. Since the entire stipend is charged at the time of the appointment, the stipend amount committed but not yet expended at the end of the budget period should be reported as an unliquidated obligation on the Federal Financial Report. Once all funds have been liquidated, the final FFR will be updated to show all funds expended.

  10. Does 60 percent include just stipends or does it include salaries and fringe benefits as well?

    Per the NOFO, applicants are required to provide a budget with no less than sixty (60) percent of a recipient’s overall requested budget dedicated and distributed as stipends to trainees in internships/field placements. The 60 percent allotted for stipends, is for stipends only. The stipend is to support living expenses and not student travel, materials and supplies. If a grantee wishes to fund student/intern support costs in addition to the stipend, these need to be included in the 40 percent of funding available for administrative and management of the program. Student/intern supports costs include health insurance, travel and training related expenses, such as attendance at professional conferences.

  11. Can stipend money we receive through this NOFO be used to support existing slots that are funded from non-federal sources?

    No. Any existing training slots that are currently funded from non-federal sources must continue to be funded via the existing sources.

Internships and Field Placements

  1. In regards to Table 1 Attachment 4, we anticipate partnering with multiple training sites. Should we list all of these training sites within Attachment 4, or only select a few sites to highlight?

    The applicant must list all of the partnering sites in Table 1.

  2. Given the page count, do we need to include Letters of Agreement (LOA) for all training sites we will be using or should we pick several to highlight? We anticipate potentially 15 training sites. Is there any specific language the LOA's need to include?

    LOAs for all training sites need to be included and will go towards the applicant’s page count. In the past, applicants have formatted more than one LOA onto one page of their application. However, all LOAs need to be legible. For specific language of the LOAs please refer to Attachment 2 of the NOFO.

    Attachment 2: Letters of Agreement and/or Description(s) of Proposed/Existing Contracts (As applicable)

    Provide any documents that describe working relationships between your organization and other entities and programs, including experiential training sites, cited in the proposal, including agreements or contracts with the experiential training sites. Documents that confirm actual or pending contractual agreements should clearly describe the roles of the contractors and any deliverables. Letters of agreement must be signed and dated by both parties.

  3. Do partnering sites need to be HRSA-funded sites?

    No they do not, experiential training or internship sites must participate in integrated and/or interprofessional team-based care with two or more health disciplines focusing on OUD and other SUD prevention, treatment and recovery services.

  4. Do we need multiple disciplines at the education site or just at the placement sites?

    Per the notice of funding opportunity, experiential training or internship sites must participate in integrated and/or interprofessional team-based care with two or more health disciplines focusing on OUD and other SUD prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Funding Preference and Priority

  1. How do I meet the funding priority?

    In order to qualify under this priority, applicants must submit as Attachment 12 any information and/or data as evidence that they have trained psychology, psychiatry, and social work professionals to work in integrated care settings.

  2. Is there a funding preference for this NOFO?

    This funding opportunity includes a funding preference for any qualified applicant above the 20th percentile of proposals that have been recommended for approval by peer review groups that: 1) Has a high rate for placing graduates in practice settings having the principle focus of serving residents of underserved communities; or 2) Demonstrates a significant increase in the rate of placing graduates in such settings.

    In order to qualify for the funding preference, you must clearly indicate in the Project Abstract the funding preference you are applying for and provide supporting information and data in Attachment 12.

  3. Would school psychology count for the Funding Priority?

    Yes, per the NOFO health service psychology includes clinical, counseling and school psychology.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2019