Grant Information

Counselor Education and School Psychology Program’s Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Grant

The Counselor Education and School Psychology programs were awarded a $1.9 million HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Grant for a four-year period (2017-2021). In addition, the programs received a Supplemental grant of $400,000 for a two-year period. With the Supplemental grant, the programs are partnering with three  Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) who were each awarded $400,000 to support interns at their sites. Both grants provide a $10,000 stipend to the programs’ internship students. The grants provide funding to students and faculty for professional development, and to support the programs’ in offering additional training and workshops to students, professionals, and the larger community throughout the State of New Hampshire and the New England region.

Grant Narrative

The primary goal of this project is to increase Plymouth State University’s (PSU) master’s level training programs for clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, and school psychologists. Together as an interdisciplinary team, we are expanding the behavioral health workforce in rural and medically underserved areas in order to better serve individuals across the lifespan who have developed or are at risk for developing a behavioral health disorder. Our primary objectives include: 1) expanding the behavioral health care workforce, 2) providing inter-professional training and integration of care among behavioral health and primary care providers, 3) increasing the supervisory workforce, 4) providing parent/caregiver supportive training, 5) developing and supporting an interdisciplinary care model to address substance misuse in NH, 6) providing quality integrated behavioral and primary care for refugees, 7) supporting interns working in prison settings to increase quality behavioral health services, 8) implementing comprehensive social emotional learning program in NH schools, 9) collaborating with NH universities to create a databank of NH stakeholders (i.e., individuals, communities, grant recipients, and agencies) who are involved in supporting behavioral health in NH, and 10) educating program interns on using an integrative system of care approach in their professions.

Through Year Three we continue to explore and establish integrative care field site placements for interns. Faculty and students have attended and presented at national and local conferences and have promoted our programs and professions to undergraduate students through class presentations. We continue to collaborate with and support area public schools to implement universal screenings for social and emotional learning competencies and have started a partnership with a local high school to address the culture and climate at the school and behavioral health support for at-risk high school students. Our grant work supports professional development opportunities for university students and members of the professional community. We had planned to sponsor a Supervision Institute, a workshop titled, “Empathic Resilience”, and a five-day Recovery Coach Academy. Our trainings are open to PSU students, staff, and interested professionals. We supported NARCAN training for the PSU community and placement of NARCAN in every building on the PSU campus. The NARCAN is stored with the AED in each building. Due to COVID-19 we had to cancel the Supervision Institute. We will offer the training Summer 2021.

Our Supplemental objectives include:1 and 6) recruit and retain students in the behavioral health pipeline with a focus on treating SUD and OUD and make these efforts sustainable 2) provide high-quality training on SUD, OUD, and MAT to students, staff, faculty, and health care professionals. 3) increase the number of supervisors working with SUD, OUD, and MAT at integrated care settings by expanding our annual supervision institute to include FQHC partners and 4 and 5) increase family support for those addressing SUD and OUD and increase public awareness of integrated care. We expanded the number of clinical mental health workers partnering with professionals treating Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in underserved areas of the state. We placed 2 interns in our 3 FQHCs partners. PSU increased the preparatory training in coursework for working in an integrated health care model of care.

During Year 3 of our BHWET 2017 and Supplemental grants, we supported 31 interns working in the fields of clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and school psychology with a $10,000 stipend.

Year 1: 2017-2018 Goals

  1. Expanding the behavioral health care workforce.
  2. Providing inter-professional training and integration of care among behavioral health and primary care providers Crisis Prevention Intervention and Response Training Workshops.
  3. Increasing the supervisory workforce.
    • 4th Annual Supervision Institute training: Two-day supervisor training presented by national speakers for school psychology, school counseling and clinical mental health counseling professionals to expand workforce development and training opportunities for our students during internship.
  4. Providing parent/caregiver supportive training.
  5. Developing and supporting an interdisciplinary care model to address substance misuse in New Hampshire.
  6. Providing quality integrated behavioral and primary care for refugees.
  7. Supporting interns working in prison settings to increase quality behavioral health services.
  8. Implementing comprehensive social emotional learning program into New Hampshire schools.
    • Referral process developed in collaboration with the University Disability Resource Office to provide updated psychological evaluations for use with transitional-age college youth to help ensure their academic success.
  9. Collaborating with New Hampshire universities to create a databank of New Hampshire stakeholders (i.e., individuals, communities, grand recipients, and agencies) who are involved in supporting behavioral health in New Hampshire.
  10. Educating Program Interns on using an integrative system of care approach in their professions.

Year 2: 2018-2019 Goals

  1. Expanding the behavioral health care workforce
    • Graduation (May 9th, 2019): The Counselor Education and School Psychology programs graduated 10 clinical mental health counseling, 6 school counseling, 9 school psychology student interns from their respective programs.
    • Internship Stipends: Supported 29 interns with the BHWET 2017 Grant funding.
    • Federally Qualifying Healthcare Centers (FQHC): Established partnerships with three FQHC’s in New Hampshire to support clinical mental health counseling interns’ training in substance use and opioid use disorders, and medication-assisted treatment.
    • Program Group Interviews: Four group interviews were held this year to recruit potential students and discuss grant opportunities.
  2. Providing inter-professional training and integration of care among behavioral health and primary care providers.
    • Opioids: Whole-Person Approaches to Treatment and Recovery training (April 12th, 2019) presented by Dr. Charles Atkins. This event provided training to 125 PSU students and faculty, and local and regional community professionals.
    • Catch the Wave: Supervision in an Era of Integrated Care workshop: Integrated behavioral health supervision training for healthcare professionals throughout New Hampshire.
    • Support for students and faculty to attend local, regional and national conferences. Conferences attended:
      • New Hampshire School Counseling Association Annual Conference.
      • New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists Fall and Spring Conferences.
      • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference.
      • National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference.
      • Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference.
      • American Association Annual Conference.
      • American School Counseling Association Annual Conference.
      • Additional conferences selected by individual students and faculty.
    • Special Topics course offered in advanced cognitive behavioral therapy.
  3. Increasing the Supervisory Workforce.
    • 5th Annual Supervision Institute Training (July 13-14, 2019): Two-day supervisor training presented by national speakers for school psychology, school counseling and clinical mental health counseling professionals to expand workforce development and training opportunities for our students during internship.
  4. Providing parent/ Caregiver supportive training.
  5. Developing and supporting an interdisciplinary core model to address substance misuse in New Hampshire.
  6. Providing quality integrated behavioral and primary care for refugees.
    • True Blue You: A youth theatre performance, sponsored by Plymouth State University, involving local youth and refugee populations with school counseling and school psychology students and faculty involved in-group processing with the youth participants.
  7. Supporting interns working in prison settings to increase quality behavioral health services.
  8. Implementing comprehensive social emotional learning program in New Hampshire schools.
    • DESSA
  9. Collaborating with New Hampshire universities to create a databank of New Hampshire Stakeholders (i.e., individuals, communities, grant recipients, and agencies) who are involved in supporting behavioral health in New Hampshire.
  10. Educating program interns on using an integrative system of care approach in their professions.
    • Building Bridges Between Disciplines: Education and Collaboration Across the State workshop: Providing integrated behavioral health education to students from programs in clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, school psychology, nursing, social work, occupational therapy across four New Hampshire universities and colleges.

Year 3: 2019-2020 Goals

  1. Expanding the behavioral health care workforce.
    • Internship Stipends: Supported 29 interns with the BHWET 2017 Grant funding and 3 interns at our FQHC partner sites with the Supplemental Grant funding.
    • Four Program Group Interviews: Recruited students into programs and discuss grant opportunities.
    • Addictions Treatment Certificate: Provides two master’s-level addictions-related courses to current clinical mental health counseling, school counseling and school psychology students, and working healthcare professionals.
  2. Providing inter-professional training and integration of care among behavioral health and primary care providers.
    • 3rd Annual Kickoff Event: Empathic Resilience. Mandatory for all students in school counseling, school psychology, and clinical mental health counseling and offered to all PSU students, faculty and staff, our site supervisors, and community professionals throughout the state of New Hampshire and the New England region.
    • Recovery Coach Academy (October 28-November 1, 2019): Our grant team partnered with our FQHC partner to offer the peer recovery support training to increase support for the recovery community in New Hampshire. Trained 39 professionals, students and community members.
    • Support for students and faculty to attend local, regional and national conferences. Conferences attended:
      • New Hampshire School Counseling Association Annual Conference.
      • New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists Fall and Spring Conferences.
      • North Atlantic Region of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference.
      • National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference.
      • Additional conference selected by individual students and faculty.
  3. Increasing the supervisory workforce.
    • Professional trainings in telehealth counseling services, substance use and opioid use disorders, and integrated behavioral health.
  4. Providing parent/ caregiver supportive training.
  5. Developing and supporting an interdisciplinary care model to address substance misuse in New Hampshire.
    • Recovery Coach Academy Training.
    • Narcan Training.
    • Harm Reduction Training.
  6. Providing quality integrated behavioral and primary care for refugees.
  7. Supporting interns working in prison settings to increase quality behavioral health services.
  8. Implementing comprehensive social emotional learning program in New Hampshire schools.
    • DESSA Comprehensive Social Emotional Learning Assessment and Intervention System training for school teams and interns on the implementation of universal screenings for behavioral competencies.
  9. Collaborating with New Hampshire universities to create a databank of New Hampshire stakeholders (i.e., individuals, communities, grant recipients, and agencies) who are involved in supporting behavioral health in New Hampshire.
  10. Educating program interns on using an integrative system of care approach in their professions.