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Behavioral Health Workforce and Disparities Training Center(s)

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits, IHEs, and Behavioral
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West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) - Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH)

Deadline Date:

01/21/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to West Virginia nonprofit organizations, behavioral health centers, health care providers, institutions of higher education, and other entities to provide online training for behavioral health workers. Funding is intended to offer free virtual behavioral health skills training with the goal of increasing behavioral health workforce excellence and reducing behavioral health disparities.

BBH is seeking applicants who have the regional or statewide capacity, infrastructure, and virtual web-based technology to provide evidence-based training to behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals. Applicants should have the capacity and logistical expertise not only to provide quality, high-volume educational training experiences virtually but also to provide or contract with subject matter experts for evidence-based behavioral health training. 

The ideal applicant will already have access to a virtual platform and technical infrastructure capacity, as well as extensive experience with delivering or facilitating continuing education to therapists/counselors, focused on mental health and/or substance use disorder, peer recovery support specialists, and other behavioral health paraprofessionals. 

The selected grantee will market training via multiple methods and platforms in order to maximize the attendance of these individuals throughout the state. Grantees will also work collaboratively with BBH to provide Continuing Education Units for each training delivered. Applicants will also be required to support the BBH Training Coordinator as needed in establishing the Statewide Training Advisory Council, including providing as-needed meeting facilitation, scheduling, logistics, and meeting notes. 

The ideal applicant will have a history of expertise with implementing councils (or equivalent groups) on compressed timelines and including a range of diverse stakeholders. The ideal applicant will also have a history of experience with a high level of responsiveness in working relationships, products, and processes at the regional and state level in West Virginia.

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GrantWatch ID#: 193874

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Term of Contract:

Training will take place from March 2021 through August 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Behavioral Health Workforce and Disparities Training Center AFA is soliciting applications from licensed behavioral health centers, comprehensive behavioral health centers, academic health centers, primary care providers, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and any other organizations with access to virtual statewide training technical capacity to provide behavioral health training.

Successful applicants must have a valid West Virginia Business License and if applicable must provide proof of 501(c)3 status. Applicants with past or current grant awards with BBH must be in good standing to be considered for this competitive AFA.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 21, 2021, by 5:00 PM

Awards will be announced in March 2021.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to with “Proposal for Funding” and AFA #03-2021 in the subject line.

For Technical Assistance please include AFA #03-2021 in the subject line and forward all inquiries in writing to the email address above.

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AFA Number: AFA 03-2021

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USA: West Virginia

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