Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET-CAY) Program 

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2024-2025 BHWET-CAY Program

The BHWET-CAY Program aims to increase behavioral health providers in rural and underserved communities, addressing the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 16-25).


The program addresses challenges in recruiting and training behavioral health professionals and provides stipends to support trainees during clinical/experiential training.


  • Enrolled as a PMHNP Post-BSN DNP student
  • Actively enrolled as a full or part-time student, with full-time students in the last year of their plan of study and part-time students in the last 2 years of their plan of study
  • Be in good academic standing, demonstrated by a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have completed FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Services

Now accepting applications

Application Deadline: July 31, 2024 at 5 p.m.

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2024-2025 Award Year

The BHWET grant provides stipends to enrolled PMHNP students who commit to completing their field placement and plan to pursue employment with CAY populations in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved areas (MUA). The College of Nursing will award up to $25,000 per student as long as funds are available for the 2024-2025 academic year..

Recipient Spotlight

Peace Roseau

“I chose to go back to school to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner because of the rise in mental health crises in the United States, specifically in disadvantaged populations. Now I know that I can continue to help those disadvantaged from access to proper mental health care.”

Read Peace's Story


For more information, please contact:
Dr Joy A Lauerer
Joy Lauerer
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor

Hannah Robidoux
Hannah Robidoux
Co-Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor

Margie Prentice
Program Manager

Funding for this program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant award: 1M01HP52167‐01‐00.