(CLOSED) HRSA-21-086 Behavioral Health Workforce Development Technical Assistance and Evaluation (BHWD TAE) Program

Sponsor Name: 
Health Resources and Services Administration
Description of the Award: 

The purpose of the program is to develop and provide tailored technical assistance2 (TA) to the current and future grant recipient in these HRSA-funded programs:

  • Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training --Professionals (BHWET Pro);
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program – Paraprofessional (BHWET Para);
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Professionals (OWEP Pro);
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Paraprofessionals (OWEP Para);
  • Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Programs;
  • and any other future HRSA-funded programs authorized by section 756 of the Public Health Service Act from Fiscal Year 2021 to Fiscal Year 2024.

Program Goals

  1. Create community and academic partnerships to develop a behavioral health workforce that maximizes collaborative learning.
  2. Build an educational and interconnected behavioral and public health infrastructure prepared to respond and provide treatment to those impacted by opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD).

Program Objectives

  1. Improve behavioral health teaching through the provision of TA to HRSA’s behavioral health workforce development (BHWD) programs.
  2. Continually evaluate the TA provided through this program. The program performance evaluation should monitor ongoing processes, and changes to processes towards reaching the goals of this TA program.
  3. Create a learning collaborative among HRSA, academic institutions, community partners, experiential placement sites, and HRSA’s behavioral health workforce development programs to improve behavioral health teaching and develop a community of practice to inform and disseminate best practices and resources that promote the widespread enhancement of training in OUD/SUD prevention, treatment and recovery services.
  4. Develop a compendium of the most current research and tools of treatment, prevention, and recovery practices for OUD/SUD to inform HRSA’s behavioral health workforce development programs.
Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
May 03, 2021
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

If  you are interested in submitting a proposal, submit your notice at the right side of InfoReady page linked bellw and follow the required prompts to give us your contact information. If interest exceeds the sponsor's institutional limit, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research will hold an internal Limited Submissions competition after the Notice of Intent deadline. 

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
Penn State OVPR NOI Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 4:00pm
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
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