2021 HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals

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Sponsor Program Announcement: https://www.hrsa.gov/grants/find-funding/hrsa-21-089
Number of Possible Internal Nominees: 1
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: November 12, 2020, 5:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline: January 21, 2021

A Limited Submission Opportunity (LSO) is a funding opportunity in which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. In order to participate in an LSO, Syracuse University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal(s). This requires an internal competition and institutional peer review. 

Synopsis of the Program

The purpose of the BHWET Program for Professionals is to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services. A special focus is placed on the knowledge and understanding of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders

Program Objectives
1. Increase the number of experiential training sites to promote the integration of behavioral health into primary care settings in high need and high demand areas. Experiential placements must include interdisciplinary training of two or more health disciplines using a team based care approach to provide quality behavioral health services;
2. Enhance didactic and experiential training activities through the development of competencies in primary and behavioral integrated, interprofessional team-based trauma informed care, for trainees, faculty, and staff;
3. Establish community partnerships to ensure participation in the institutions’ programs of individuals and groups from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, and class backgrounds, and different genders and sexual orientations, opportunities for field placements, community education, career development, and provide job placement services, to increase access to behavioral health services;
4. Promote technology integration in the provision of services and training programs, including utilizing telehealth services, implementing strategies to increase digital health literacy, and offering options for distance learning; and
5. Reduce financial barriers by providing financial support to trainees in the form of stipends and other participant support costs.


Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited professional training programs that are establishing or expanding internships or other field placement programs in mental health in psychiatry, psychology, school psychology, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric nursing (which may include master’s and doctoral level programs), social work, school social work, SUD prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling, including such programs with a focus on child and adolescent mental health, trauma, and transitional-age youth;

Funding and award period

Up to $480,000 per year. July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025 (4 years)

Call for Intent to Submit Limited Submission Process

For this Limited Submission Opportunity (LSO) we are issuing a call for intent to submit to gauge faculty interest in a particular funding opportunity. At this stage, only submission of a form and abstract is required to express interest in the opportunity. If there is more interest than the number of submissions allowed by the sponsor (e.g., four faculty have expressed interest in applying to this opportunity where the sponsor only allows two proposals from the University), we will announce an internal competition for pre-proposals.

If no applications are received by a call for intent to submit deadline, the LSO will become “first come, first served.” At this stage, eligible applicants may express interest in the opportunity any time before the sponsor deadline.

PI Responsibilities

If a proposal is selected and the PI or team decides to forgo an application, they must notify the Office of Research within five days of the selection notice. This allows another proposal to be selected and move forward. If the PI fails to submit a proposal and has not notified the Office of Research, the PI runs the risk of being disqualified from future LSO competitions.

PI Eligibility

For any sponsored research projects, the applicant must be eligible to serve as Principal Investigator for the project, unless otherwise noted in the LSO. Please see our PI Eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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