HRSA Grant Award


September 21, 2017

The University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work and the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging Receive 1.92M Behavioral Health Grant Funding 88 Graduate Students

Louisville, KY – The University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work and Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging have been awarded a $1.92M Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program grant. The awarded amount of the grant is $480,000 per year for a four-year period. Dr. Anna Faul is the Program Director of the new grant.

This award will establish the Rural Geriatric Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Training Network (RITN). Building on a $2.25M HRSA GWEP grant awarded in 2015, this program addresses the health needs of older adults 65+ living in rural Kentucky with multiple chronic conditions by providing care coordination and behavioral health supports. Servicing six rural counties in Kentucky, the program further seeks to integrate behavioral health treatment into rural primary care settings, increase the physical and behavioral health supportive environments, and to extend these services to the Hispanic population in those counties.

RITN will fund 88 new behavioral health placements for students over the four years of the grant. Annually, these placements include 4 doctoral-level psychiatric nurse practitioners, 5 masters-level counseling psychology students, and 13 masters-level social work students. Social work students will be recruited from the following specializations: alcohol and drug counseling, mental health, gerontology, oncology, couples and family therapy, and military.

Sixty percent of the overall grant funding is dedicated to supporting student placement. All masters-level students will receive a $10,000 stipend to support living expenses. All four doctoral-level students will receive a $28,352 stipend to support living expenses. Student placements will begin in the fall semester of 2018.

RITN aims to improve the employability of students in the behavioral health service industry. Students will receive intensive training in the delivery of behavioral health interventions, participate in the Interdisciplinary Curriculum for the Care of Older Adults, and earn Professional Certificates in Rural Geriatric nterdisciplinary Integrated Behavioral Health – Primary Care.

 “We are thrilled to receive this grant award,” says Dr. Faul. “With this funding, we will improve the health outcomes of vulnerable older adults in our rural counties. As well, we will also dramatically increase the interdisciplinary approach to health care education and service delivery, infuse behavioral health into rural primary care, and provide students with increased employment possibilities.” The grant is set to begin implementation September 30, 2017.

 For more information contact: 

Anna Faul, PhD

Phone: 502-852-1981 | EMAIL Anna Faul