Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants

Provide support to institutions of higher education with accredited schools or programs in social work and doctoral psychology and pre-degree internship organizations (public and private nonprofit) to recruit students and provide education and clinical experience in behavioral health.

This program
was funded by Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) in FY 12.

There are no appropriations anticipated for this program in FY 13 or FY 14.

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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

Cynthia Harne, Project Officer, Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 9C-26, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-8998.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Illinois $ 1,822,862   2021-07-012026-06-30
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey $ 2,575,000   2021-07-012026-06-30
Denver Health And Hospitals Authority $ 2,060,964   2021-07-012026-06-30
Western University Of Health Sciences $ 2,570,500   2021-07-012026-06-30
Massachusetts General Hospital, The $ 2,567,825   2021-07-012026-06-30
University Of Texas Health Science Center At Houston, The $ 350,000   2021-09-012025-08-31
Kennesaw State University Research And Service Foundation, Inc. $ 311,270   2021-09-012025-08-31
North Shore Community College $ 130,361   2021-09-012025-08-31
Governors State University $ 466,226   2021-09-012025-08-31
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 716,000   2021-09-012025-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The MBHET program supports eligible institutions of higher education with accredited health professions training programs in social work and psychology to recruit students and provide education and clinical experience in mental and behavioral health.

Seventy-five percent of the requested funding must be distributed as stipends to the social work and psychology graduate students to support their field placements and pre-degree internships respectively.

The remaining twenty-five percent can be used to support and recruit new students interested in pursuing a clinical concentration with identified special populations; develop and implement interprofessional training; and add to existing, expand and/or foster the development of new pre-degree internship slots for PhD/PsyD psychology students or field placements for MSW students.

Two applications from an institution are allowable if one application is submitted from the graduate program in psychology and the other from the graduate program in social work.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Program are accredited schools and programs of social work, and accredited doctoral psychology schools, programs and pre-degree internship organizations (public and private nonprofit).

Eligible applicant institutions/organizations must be located in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the 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, Tribes and Tribal Organizations are eligible to apply for these funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries of the award (student trainees) must be citizens of the United States, Nationals of the United States, or must possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Student trainees must also be enrolled in accredited master level schools or programs in social work or doctoral schools or programs of psychology and pre-degree internship organizations (public and private nonprofit).


Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement 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. 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). Master s level psychology programs must be accredited by one or more of the following accrediting bodies: Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Master s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). OMB Circular No. A-87 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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through

Award Procedures

All 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. Notification is made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.


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


Title VII, Sections 750 and 756 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294e-1), as amended by Sections 5306(a), 5002(a)(3), and 4002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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

Post Assistance Requirements


The awardee will be required to submit annual performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see below for general information on each required report).

The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required within 90 days of the end of each budget period.

A progress report must be submitted to HRSA on an annual basis.

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

If applicable, the awardee 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.


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 (FFATA details are available online at

Competing continuation awardees, etc.

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.


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.


Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records three years after the date they submit the FSR. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the three 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 three year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 12 $9,758,907; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0 - Fiscal year 2012 funding is from the Prevention and Public Health Funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 12 awards ranged from $121,096 to $480,275, with an average award of $406,621.

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. HRSA awards are 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 All OMB circulars A-133, A-110, A-122 apply to this program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Cynthia Harne, Project Officer, Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 9C-26, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-8998. E-mail:

Headquarters Office

Cynthia Harne, Project Officer, Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, Office of the Director, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9C-26, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-8998

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. All competitive applications will be reviewed and ranked on the basis of review criteria that is used to review and rank applications. Specific review criteria can be found in the funding opportunity announcement.

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