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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training

The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program aims to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce through improved training and by providing stipends to graduate level students in the University of North Dakota (UND) behavioral health programs. The goal is to support interdisciplinary training, integration of behavioral health with primary care, and increase the number of field placements and internships with a focus on serving persons in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved communities. Priority status will be given for trainees choosing placement sites that are located in North Dakota and that serve rural populations.

Who Is Eligible to Receive Stipends?

UND graduate students completing their final field placements or internships, prior to graduation, in the following programs:

– Full-time field placements must be no less than six months and no more than 12 consecutive months at approved sites that meet the HRSA BHWET program requirements to serve rural and/or underserved populations. Additional sites can be submitted for approval and are encouraged.

– Part-time students and interns are allowed to receive stipends prorated at one-half of the fixed amount for no more than 24 consecutive months.

– Students receiving a stipend or students in paraprofessional programs receiving tuition support in the BHWET Program must be a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate.

How Much Are the Stipends?

  • Masters-level recipients may receive $10,000.
  • Doctoral-level recipients may receive $28,352.

– Payments are direct deposited on a monthly basis. Date of deposit is subject to variation depending on UND workload.

What Is Expected of Individuals Receiving the Stipends?

Each BHWET stipend recipient is required to:

  • Complete assigned activities in clinical placements with rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved communities;
  • Complete training and clinical work in telepsychology services (as applicable);
  • Complete didactic training in interprofessional healthcare (if not already demonstrated as part of the selection process);
  • Participate in practice activities that integrate behavioral health and primary care;
  • Participate in the Interprofessional Consultation Team sessions. These two-hour online videoconference sessions occur in the evening, once a month throughout placement;
  • Demonstrate cultural and linguistic competency as measured by program competency assessments; and
  • Complete BHWET program evaluation and participate in an interview with BHWET program staff upon completion of the clinical experience.

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in the BHWET stipend program, complete the online application. Once the application is received, your program will collaborate with BHWET to determine if awarded, and notify you as soon as possible.

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