Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants

The purpose of the BHWET Program is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas.

The BHWET Program places special emphasis on establishing or expanding internships or field placement programs
in behavioral health that include interdisciplinary training for: 1) students/interns, 2) faculty, and 3) field supervisors to provide quality behavioral health services to communities in need.

There are two tracks for this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): 1) BHWET Professional Track and 2) BHWET Paraprofessional Certificate Track.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address

http://www.hrsa.gov




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Professional Track ? Stipend Support Activity.

At least 60 percent of a grant recipient?s overall requested budget (direct and indirect costs) must be used for stipends to students in field placement or internships, according to guidelines specified in the NOFO.

? Administration and Management of the Program.

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 Paraprofessional Certificate Track ? Student Support Activity.

At least 70 percent of a grant recipient?s overall requested budget (direct and indirect costs) must be used for student support activities (i.e., tuition, fees, and supplies), as specified in the NOFO. ? Administration and Management of the Program.

Up to 30 percent of the overall requested budget may be dedicated to grant recipient activities for (1) development of experiential field placement; (2) creation of additional slots beyond current program capacity in a paraprofessional certificate program(s) to expand the number of students trained with a focus on working with persons in rural, vulnerable, and/or underserved communities; (3) career development in behavioral health for paraprofessionals to encourage career progression; (4) financial support for the supervision of students in experiential field placement; (5) administration and management; and (6) data collection.

Both Tracks - Restricted Uses: Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment.

An eligible institution may submit up to two applications?one under the Professional Track and one under the Paraprofessional.

Eligible institutions may not submit two applications for either the Professional Track or Paraprofessional Track.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Professional Track ? Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited behavioral health professional training programs in behavioral pediatrics, social work, school social work, substance use disorder prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling.

Programs must require a pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training and a prerequisite for graduation. ? Accredited schools of masters or doctoral-level training in psychiatry, psychiatric- nursing programs. ? APA-accredited doctoral level schools and programs in health service psychology or school psychology programs with a practicum of ten or more hours per week for two semesters, and APA-accredited doctoral internship programs in professional psychology. Paraprofessional Certificate Track ? Behavioral paraprofessional certificate training programs and peer paraprofessional certificate training programs offered by states, political subdivisions of states, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, public or nonprofit private health professions schools, academic health centers, state or local governments, or other appropriate public or private nonprofit entities as determined appropriate by the Secretary. ? Entities must offer a certificate to the trainees upon completion of a program in a paraprofessional behavioral health related field (i.e., peer support counselor, community health worker, outreach worker, social services aide, mental health worker, substance abuse/addictions worker, youth worker, promotora), and must include an experiential field placement component. ? The certificate should prepare students to apply for state licensure or certification.

Students may be new to the field or may be paraprofessionals who are already practicing and want additional credentials to advance their employability. Eligible applicant institutions/organizations must be located in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia.

Faith-based and community-based organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

In both the Professional and Paraprofessional Certificate Tracks, students must be enrolled in the school or program receiving the grant award in order to receive stipend and tuition support in the BHWET Program. In addition, students/interns must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or foreign nationals who possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA notice of funding opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. Applicant institutions are required to include documentation of accreditation in their application. Social work training programs must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Doctoral training schools, programs, and internships in psychology must be accredited by the American Psychological Association. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov . All eligible, qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.

Award Procedures

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Sections 750 and 756 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294e-1).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 to 180 days after receipt of applications.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Depending on Agency priorities and availability of funding, during the final budget year of the approved project period competing continuation applications may be solicited from interested applicants.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. If you are applying for funding for doctoral-level psychiatry, psychology or school psychology internships you must document your intent to leverage other resources and related ongoing efforts to align with the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers? (APPIC) stipend level requirements, if appropriate. Refer to latest NOFO for further information. This program has Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements. The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for grant activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving the award.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This funding opportunity provides support for a four-year project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Both program and financial reports are required.

The recipient will be required to submit annual performance and progress reports.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA?s Application Guide.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this notice of funding opportunity are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.

L.

109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and subrecipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html).

Competing continuation recipients may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.

L.

109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and subrecipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html).

Competing continuation recipients may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the FFR. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3 year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3 year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0353-0-1-552.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $43,078,630; FY 17 est $44,000,000; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 16 $43,078,630 (via SAMHSA).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 16 Range $57,142-$480,000; Average $307,637.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/hhsgrantspolicy.pdf.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Nicole Wilkerson, Project Officer, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration; 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N94A, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: BHWET@hrsa.gov Phone: 301-443-7759

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by nonfederal reviewers for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.



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