MISSOULA – A team of collaborators from the University of Montana and Montana State University recently were awarded a $1.8 million grant, which will be used over four years, to enhance the ability of agencies throughout western Montana to meet the behavioral health needs of their clients, while simultaneously developing a workforce of providers trained in interdisciplinary settings.
The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, which is funded by the Health Resource and Services Administration, will integrate behavioral health services into primary care clinics and settings, with a focus on rural areas and underserved populations.
Currently enrolled UM graduate students working toward their behavioral health degrees to become advanced practitioners will receive funding to provide these integrated services at rural sites.
“We’re eager connect our students with hands-on experiences that will help them to meet the need for behavioral health services in rural areas in western Montana,” said Bryan Cochran, UM psychology professor and director of clinical training.
Team collaborators are Cochran, Mary-Ann Bowman, UM School of Social Work; John Sommers-Flanagan, UM Department of Counselor Education; and Rebecca Bourret, MSU Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate program.