Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training

The BHWET Program was introduced as part of President Obama’s "Now is the Time" initiative to increase the mental and behavioral health workforce serving children, students and young adults. Congress initially provided $35 million to fund the BHWET program. In 2016, the BHWET Program was expanded to include programs training mental health providers to provide services for individuals across the lifespan. In Fall 2017, the Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy (CMFT), in collaboration with the Hahn School of Nursing (HSON), was awarded a federal training grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) focused on addressing the growing behavioral health workforce shortages that exist in the United States. This funding allowed for the launch of Project TeamUP, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of behavioral health providers from diverse backgrounds equipped to provide effective care to communities in need. Students participating in this track of Project TeamUP seek to contribute to the improvement and expansion of innovative interprofessional training to meet the growing needs of vulnerable, rural, and underserved populations in Southern California, with a particular focus on Latinx families. Students enrolled in our Marital and Family Therapy, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner programs benefit from enhanced training focused in multicultural/linguistic competence, integrated behavioral health, and evidence-based practices.

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Year 3 BHWET Stipend Recipients

Congratulations to our Year 3 stipend recipients! This dynamic group of MFT, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner trainees are doing amazing work in the Greater San Diego community. Here are some of their practicum and fieldwork sites: 

  • Center for Community Solutions
  • High Tech High
  • Juvenile Court School
  • Kickstart
  • Neighborhood Health Center
  • Rady Children's Hospital
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Youth Services
  • South Bay Guidance Center
  • Southwest High School
  • Sweetwater High School
  • UCSD Family Medicine
  • UCSD Outpatient Psychiatry
  • UCSD Reproductive Medicine 
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Veterans Village of San Diego