Allied Health Special Projects

Grants are awarded to meet the costs of projects to plan, develop, operate, or maintain graduate psychology education programs in behavioral and mental health to train graduate psychologists to work with underserved populations.

These programs are expected to foster an integrated approach to health
care services and address access for underserved populations.
Examples of Funded Projects

Funded projects include interdisciplinary training for graduate psychology students in settings where psychologists are part of a team of primary health care practitioners.

Training opportunities are varied but focus on learning how to provide behavioral and mental health services to underserved populations.

Some examples of at-risk populations have included individuals who are disadvantaged, elderly, abused, homeless, or disabled.

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.

Office - Jerilyn K.

Glass, M.D., Ph.D., Program Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 9A-21, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-7271, and E-mail:
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2007, 18 new awards were made. In FY 2008, 18 continuation awards were made. It is anticipated that 18 continuation awards will be made in FY 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for predoctoral and postdoctoral stipend support of students.

Funds may not be used for student tuition or fees or for direct health care service delivery.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible entities are accredited health profession schools, university, and other public or private nonprofit entities, including faith-based organizations and community-based organizations.

Only applicants whose training program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and who provide such documentation can be funded.

The eligible entity must demonstrate that the training within an accredited psychology training program will occur in collaboration with one or more disciplines other than psychology.

Disciplines include, but are not limited to, family medicine, general internal medicine, and pediatrics.

Funding is available for accredited doctoral programs, internships, and post-doctoral training programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public or private nonprofit schools, universities, or other educational entities which provide for graduate psychology education and training or other public or private nonprofit entities capable, as determined by the Secretary, of carrying out the objectives of the project.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Please visit the Web site at to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Professions. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Grant Award issued from the Headquarters Office.

Deadlines .


Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 755, 42 U.S.C. 294e, as amended; Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 4 to 6 months after receipt of applications.




At the end of the initial project period, competing continuation applications may be submitted for up to three years of support.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are for 3 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


A uniform summary progress report must be submitted annually.

Financial status reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period.

A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,"nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $1,802,071; FY 08 $1,850,754; and FY 09 est $1,875,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$70,000 to $184,000; $90,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Jerilyn K. Glass, M.D., Ph.D., Program Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 9A-21, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-7271, and E-mail:

Headquarters Office

Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch: (301) 443-2385; Research and Training Branch: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All applications will be evaluated by an Objective Review Committee to determine the extent to which the applicant documents the following criteria: (1) Need: the extent to which application describes the problem and associated contributing factors to the problem; (2) Response: the extent to which the proposed project responds to the "Purpose" included in the program description; the clarity of the proposed goals and objectives and their relationship to the identified project; the extent to which the activities (scientific or other) described in the application are capable of addressing the problem and attaining the project objectives; (3) Evaluative Measures: the effectiveness of the method proposed to monitor and evaluate the project results. Evaluative measures must be able to assess to what extent the program objectives have been met and; to what extent these can be attributed to the project; (4) Impact: the extent and effectiveness of plans for dissemination of project results and/or; the extent to which project results may be national in scope and/or the degree to which a community is impacted by delivery of health services, and/or the degree to which the project activities are replicable and/or the sustainability of the program beyond Federal funding; (5) Resources/Capabilities: the extent to which project personnel are qualified by training and/or experience to implement and carry out the project; the capabilities of the applicant organization, and quality and availability of facilities and personnel to fulfill the needs and requirements of the proposed project; and for competing continuations grant, past performance will be considered; (6) Support Requested: the reasonableness of the proposed budget in relation to the objectives, the complexity of the activities, and the anticipated results. In making awards of grants under this section, preference will be given to any qualified applicant that (A) has a high rate for placing graduates in practice settings having the principal focus of serving residents of medically underserved communities; or (B) during the 2-year period preceding the fiscal year for which such an award is sought, has achieved a significant increase in the rate of placing graduates in such settings. Applicants should review the HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for preference requirements. Preference will also be given to any qualified applicant that meets four (4) or more of the following seven (7) new program criteria: (1) The mission statement of the program identifies a specific purpose of preparing health professionals to serve underserved populations; (2) The curriculum includes content that will help to prepare practitioners to serve underserved populations; (3) Substantial clinical training experience is required in medically underserved communities; (4) A minimum of twenty (20) percent of the faculty spend at least fifty (50) percent of their time providing/supervising care in medically underserved communities; (5) The entire program or a substantial portion of the program, (i.e., the primary, ambulatory education training sites) is physically located in a medically underserved community; (6) Student assistance, which is linked to service in medically underserved communities following graduation, is available to the students in the program; (7) The program provides a placement mechanism for deploying graduates to medically underserved communities. Preference will be given only for applications ranked above the 20th percentile of applications that have been recommended for approval by the appropriate peer review group. Based on Presidential Executive Orders 12876, 12900, 13021, and 13125, a funding priority will be given to approved applicants who devote significant resources to provide community-based training experiences designedto improve access to health care services in underserved areas; these applicants include Asian-American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities serving American Indians and Alaska Natives, or an institution that collaborates with one or more of the above listed institutions.

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