FY 2018 Enhancing Behavioral Health Workforce Supplemental Funding Opportunity for Health Centers
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Important information for both FY 2018 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) supplement applicants and partnering health centers.
Partnering Health Center Requirement Update: Partnering health centers that did not report medication-assisted treatment (MAT) patients in their 2017 Uniform Data System (UDS) report may be eligible if they can demonstrate in the memorandum of understanding/agreement (MOU/A) that they:
- Provided MAT services in 2018; and
- Meet all other Partnering Health Center Requirements, as stated in the HRSA-18-112 notice of funding opportunity.
HRSA plans to make two aligned supplemental awards in fiscal year (FY) 2018 that will increase access to quality opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by increasing the number of professionals and paraprofessionals trained to deliver behavioral health and primary care services as part of integrated, interprofessional teams in HRSA-supported health centers. The period of performance is two years: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2020.
- Through the FY 2018 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program Supplemental Funding Opportunity (HRSA-18-112), HRSA plans to award supplements totalling approximately $8 million per year to up to 20 current BHWET award recipients (Please use a browser other than Internet Explorer) partnering with HRSA-supported health centers.
- Through the FY 2018 Enhancing Behavioral Health Workforce Supplemental Funding, HRSA plans to award $200,000 per year to approximately 50 HRSA-supported health centers partnering with HRSA-18-112 award recipients. Health centers will use these funds to improve access to needed mental health and SUD services by enhancing their education infrastructures, delivering quality experiential training to BHWET partners’ students, and improving their own integrated, interprofessional behavioral health and primary care teams.
Health centers interested in partnering with a BHWET applicant are encouraged to read the HRSA-18-112 notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) (PDF - 245 KB). Applications to HRSA-18-112 are due on July 6, 2018.
HRSA-18-112 applications must include a memorandum of understanding/agreement (MOU/A) with one or more HRSA-supported health centers that demonstrates that the Partnering Health Center Requirements are fulfilled. The MOU/A must provide the health center’s Health Center Program operational grant number (H80CSXXXXX) and be signed by the health center Authorized Representative. Advance planning with BHWET partners is required to prevent overlap in proposed costs presented on the HRSA-18-112 application and health center supplement budgets.
|Provide mental health and SUD services either directly or through formal or written agreement for which the health center pays at the time of application and will throughout the two-year funding period.||Current Form 5A|
|Have physicians, certified nurse practitioners, and/or physician assistants, on-site or with whom the health center has contracts, who have obtained a Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 waiver to treat OUD with medications specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for that indication.||Uniform Data System Report|
|Updated: Have patients who received medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for OUD from a physician, certified nurse practitioner, or physician assistant with a DATA 2000 waiver working on behalf of the health center in 2017 or provide evidence that MAT services have been provided in 2018, and will in 2018 and 2019.||Uniform Data System Report or MOU/A|
|Will develop, host in academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, and evaluate at least annually experiential rotations for individuals preparing to become social workers, psychologists, counselors, addiction counselors, paraprofessionals, or community workers, and that will teach integrated behavioral health and primary care services, and OUD and other SUD treatment, including MAT.||MOU/A|
Who Can Request the Health Center Supplement?
Health centers that meet all of the following requirements:
- Receive Health Center Program operational grant funding at the time of the HRSA-18-112 notice of funding opportunity release;
- Meet all the Partnering Health Center Requirements; and
- Sign an MOU/A with a HRSA-18-112 award recipient. The signed MOU/A must be included in the submitted HRSA-18-112 application and demonstrate that the health center fulfills each of the Partnering Health Center Requirements.
Receiving the Health Center Supplement
HRSA-18-112 NOFO supplemental awards and FY 2018 Enhancing Behavioral Health Workforce supplemental awards for health centers will be announced around September 1, 2018. Only health centers partnering with HRSA-18-112 award recipients will be awarded supplemental funding. Health centers will receive instructions on how to submit required documentation to support their awards, including a complete project work plan, budget, and budget narrative. Technical assistance materials will be added to this webpage in August 2018 to support the prompt submission of these documents.
Health centers will not be eligible to receive FY 2018 Enhancing Behavioral Health Workforce supplemental funding if they have one or more of the following characteristics at the time of award:
- Conditions related to five or more Health Center Program requirement areas that are in the 60-day phase of Progressive Action.
- Conditions related to one or more Health Center Program requirement area(s) that are in the 30-day phase of Progressive Action.
- General information about the BHWET program
- HRSA-18-112 notice of funding opportunity (PDF - 245 KB)
- Eligible BHWET partners (Please use a browser other than Internet Explorer)
- HRSA-supported National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) addressing workforce: Community Health Center, Inc. and Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) Star Center
- Center for Integrated Health Solutions
- Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies and Medication-Assisted Treatment Training
- BPHC Behavioral Health Integration Resources for Health Centers
- BPHC Substance Use Warmline
- Uniform Data System Resources
- Example project work plan, budget, and budget narrative – Check back in August 2018.
Date Last Reviewed: June 2018
Bureau of Primary Health Care
Senior Grants Management Specialist
Office of Federal Assistance Management