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Workforce Education and Training (WET) Peer Personnel Training and Placement

Grants to California Nonprofits, CBOs, Agencies, and Schools
for Career Development Programs in the Mental Health Field

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) - Healthcare Workforce Development Division (HWDD)

Deadline Date:

03/16/21 3:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to California nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations, public agencies, and educational institutions for career training programs and postsecondary education to address workforce shortages in the mental health field. Funding is intended for training and support that promotes the placement of peer personnel, defined as individuals with experience as a mental/behavioral health services consumer, family member, and/or caregiver placed in designated peer positions within the Public Mental Health System (PMHS).

Grants may be used to address the shortage of mental health practitioners in the public mental health system through a framework that engages Regional Partnerships and supports individuals through pipeline development, undergraduate scholarships, education stipends, and educational loan repayment. The program also supports systems through peer personnel preparation, psychiatric education capacity, the Train New Trainers Psychiatry Fellowship Scholarship, and research and evaluation. 

Applicants should provide training to peer personnel on issues that may include crisis management, suicide prevention, recovery planning, targeted case management assistance, triage, and other related peer training and support functions. For purposes of this grant, peer personnel can be individuals with lived experience. 

Applicants must implement a peer personnel training and placement program that contains all of the following components:

  • Recruitmen and Outreach
  • Career Counseling
  • Training
  • Placement
  • Support
  • Evaluation
  • Financial Assistance (if applicable)

For additional information about required program components, see: https://oshpd.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WET_Peer_Personnel_Grant-Guide_2021-22_Final.pdf#page=3

For information about program responsibilities, see: https://oshpd.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WET_Peer_Personnel_Grant-Guide_2021-22_Final.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194376

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Term of Contract:

OSHPD expects the Grantee will begin performance of the grant agreement on July 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant opportunity will result in agreement(s) with public, private, and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations (CBOs).

OSHPD invites applications from the following organizations:
a. County
b. CBO
c. Educational institution
d. Training organization
e. A group of organizations listed above (with one organization identified as the fiscal sponsor)

All applicants must be able to:
a. Identify PMHS peer personnel needs.
b. Identify partner educational institution(s) and/or training organization(s).
c. Provide training that prepares peer personnel to qualify for and obtain placement within the PMHS.
d. Provide support that will ensure peer personnel retain placement within the PMHS.
e. Demonstrate experience in training and supporting individuals with lived experience as consumers, family members, and caregivers.

Educational institution or training organization applicants must also be able to:
a. Provide the required training for peer personnel.
b. Partner with identified county(ies) and/or CBO(s) to place peer personnel within the PMHS.

Current Grantees are eligible to apply but may not co-mingle previously awarded funds with any award resulting from this Grant Guide.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is March 16, 2021, by 3:00 PM.

OSHPD will post notice of awards by April 16, 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Eligibility quiz: https://oshpd.ca.gov/loans-scholarships-grants/eligibility/

Email applications and questions to OSHPD.MHSAWET@oshpd.ca.gov

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USA: California

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