GCACH received approval at the November 21, 2019 Board of Directors meeting to launch the Behavioral Health Internship and Training program in 2020. The purpose of this fund is to support organizations willing to precept, supervise, or train professionals seeking careers in behavioral health or having a behavioral health component who need clinical experience in order to complete their education and certification requirements.
The Greater Columbia region lacks behavioral health professionals and clinical providers who are able to mentor, supervise, provide internships or train professionals seeking degrees, certifications, and/or training in behavioral health. This shortage is especially acute in rural areas, as rural organizations frequently have limited capacity and resources to provide clinical supervision, precepting, or training instruction.
The $490,000 fund for 2020, can be used to:
Support expansion of a care team to include behavioral health specialists, community health workers, and peer counselors
Stipend travel and lodging/per diem expenses for interns
Reimburse Preceptors for their services and time to supervise and teach interns
Applicants (an organization that delivers primary care, behavioral health, or substance use treatment) may apply for a one-year award (4 quarters/3 semesters) with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. Funding awards are available in amounts of $5,000 - $40,000 per award, and the applicant may apply to precept up to two interns at the same time as long as it meets the requirements of the educational institution to which the intern is attending.
For a copy of the Behavioral Health Internship and Training Fund, click here
! To view the Behavioral Health Internship and Training Fund Application, click here
! For more information or to schedule an appointment with GCACH staff to discuss the funding opportunity, please contact Lauren Noble
at (509) 567-5646.