The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health would like to share the following information:
Prevention Data Resources for Community Coalitions
a part of their Prevention: Data to Practice Virtual Learning Series
Virtual Training February 5th | 1:00-2:30 pm
These sessions are designed for community members working with community coalitions to address substance misuse in West Virginia.
Participants will learn about:
1) Local, state, and federal data resources
2) How to access data
3) How to use data
Register on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-to-practice-virtual-prevention-training-series-tickets-115528800753
Click for additional information.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has released the following announcement of funding availability (AFA):
AFA 03-2021 Behavioral Health Workforce and Disparities Training Center(s)
The documents required for response to this AFA can be found here.
|Date of Release:
||December 14, 2020
||Submit written requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
||January 21, 2021
|Funding Announcement(s) To Be Made:
||To be posted on BBH Website
|Funding Amount Available:
|Target Area to be Served
For technical assistance request, please include AFA 03-2021 in the subject line and forward inquiries via email to: email@example.com
The Bureau for Behavioral for Behavioral Health (BBH) has funded a new Children’s Crisis and Referral Line to interrupt behavioral health crises and connect families and youths with behavioral health services in their communities.
Families and youths can call, text, or chat the Children’s Crisis and Referral Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 844HELP4WV or 844-435-7498.
The Children’s Crisis and Referral Line is an added service of the HELP4WV substance use and mental health support line operated by First Choices Services.
Click to read the press release.
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals
Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-21-089
The application closes on January 21, 2021
Apply for this grant on grants.gov.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. This program will increase the supply and distribution of the behavioral health workforce in high need areas. Grantees will train students to work with children, adolescents and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders.
Eligible applicants are accredited:
- Institutions of higher education or professional training programs that focus on mental health
- Doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral programs of health service psychology
- Master’s and doctoral degree programs of social work
HRSA expects approximately $44.2 million to be available in FY 2021 to fund 92 grantees.
For a complete list of funding opportunities, visit the HRSA website
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has re-released an additional AFA for Intensive Outpatient Services for Youth:
AFA 17-2020-SA SOR Intensive Outpatient Services for Youth (IOS), Targeting Region(s): Region 1 – Northern Panhandle, Region 2 – Eastern Panhandle, Region 3 – Wood/Jackson, and Region 5 – Logan/Mingo
The documents required for response to this AFA can be found here.
Date of Release: August 14, 2020
Technical Assistance FAQs: To be posted on BBH website
Application Deadline: September 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Funding Announcement(s) to be made: Details to follow
Funding Amount Available: $768,000
For technical assistance request, please include the AFA# in the subject line and forward inquiries via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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