HRSA

The Health Resources & Services Administration funds our department's four training programs to expand the Behavioral Health Workforce.

Recipient of $2,242,725 in HRSA Grant Awards in 2019!

Grant awards specifically given to NC State University Department of Social Work for OWEP Professional and Paraprofessional Programs

Opportunities

The awards support training across the behavioral health provider spectrum including community health workers, social workers, psychology interns and post-doctoral residents. These programs encourage an integrated approach to training through academic and community partnerships. These workforce investments help clinicians to provide integrated behavioral health care and treatment services in underserved communities.

  • Behavioral Health Workforce Expansion Training (BHWET)
    • Professional
      • This program is exclusively for MSW students in their final year of study. Students are required to participate in behavioral health education beyond the classroom and must be engaged in a clinical field placement. In exchange for participating in this program, students will be eligible to receive a $10,000 stipend. Please contact Professor Pam Wheeler for additional information about this program.
    • Paraprofessional (B-WISE)
      • The Behavioral Health Workforce: Interprofessional Support & Enrichment (B-WISE) for Integrated Care is to contribute to the development and expansion of the behavioral health workforce, serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas. The program requires field placement or employment in an approved behavioral health setting. For their participation in B-WISE, students receive an award (valued at $3,000) for tuition and fees associated with the B-WISE course only. Please contact Dr. Karen Bullock for additional information about this program.
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP)
    • Professional
      • This program is exclusively for MSW students in their final year of study. In addition, this program is designed specifically for students preparing to become behavioral health professionals focused on opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders. Students are required to participate in addiction prevention treatment and recovery education and training. Participants must also have an addiction-related field placement. In exchange for participating in this program, students will be eligible to receive a $10,000 stipend. Please contact Dr. Jocelyn Taliaferro for additional information about this program.
    • Paraprofessional
      • This program aims to enhance community-based training for students preparing to become behavioral health paraprofessionals focused on opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders. This funds tuition for courses toward certification, as well as community-based training. This program is designed for NC State students and community members seeking substance use disorder certification. Please contact Dr. Jodi Hall, Principal Investigator (PI) for OWEP Professional, OWEP Paraprofessional, and BHWET Professional, for additional information about this program.