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Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

Cupola atop a building on the Molloy University campus

HRSA - BHWET Grant Opportunity for Students!

In 2021 Molloy University’s CMHC Department was awarded a $1.16M federal grant from the HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. C5: Changing Communities through Compassionate Counseling Children and Youth Program, with Dr. Laura B. Kestemberg as the Project Director. The HRSA grant awards 70 CMHC and PNMHP graduate students a $10, 000 stipend each during their internship placement when working with medically underserved populations and diverse youth.

Grant Goals

  • Helping to decrease mental health shortages.
  • Addressing environmental conditions that contribute to gaps in the delivery of mental health services to children, youth, and families.
  • Establishing new collaborations and training sites among a diverse group of public and private providers
  • Utilizing telehealth technology, distance learning opportunities, and remote clinician supervision to address gaps in the delivery of behavioral health services.
  • Addressing the gaps in service to immigrant populations in NY.
  • incorporating evidence-based practices and treatment models to address trauma related mental health issues.
  • Addressing substance use disorder in the target population.
  • Revising curriculum better suited to the target population and improving cultural sensitivity training.
  • Attracting and training trainees from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds.
  • Exposing CMHC students to working in Medically Underserved Communities (MUC)s, with interdisciplinary teams in integrated care settings.

  • CMHC Student Opportunities

    • $10K stipend when interning at a HRSA approved site
    • Free access to BHWET trainings and workshops and Symposiums with nationally and internationally recognized experts in the mental health field
    • Opportunities to complete internships in high need underresourced sites
    • Opportunities to collaborate on trainings and workshops for the community and grant partners
    • In addition to the student stipend awards, the HRSA grant provides salary support for faculty and staff, and funds to compensate clinical site facilitators to host and facilitate workshops and in-service training sessions on the mental health needs of diverse youth and their families.
    •  Collaboration Opportunities with professionals and graduate students from other disciplines

HRSA Contact

Laura Kestemberg

Clinical Mental Health Department Molloy University

Nicole Lara

Clinical Mental Health Department Molloy University