By: John Carroll University Staff


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded John Carroll University’s Department of Counseling a $1.3 million grant.

The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program grant funds initiatives to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce in medically underserved communities. Counselors trained in integrated behavioral health work with other specialists as part of a treatment team to promote client well-being and treat a variety of mental health diagnoses. In John Carroll’s program, special emphasis is placed on substance use disorder treatment and addressing the addictions and opioid crisis in Ohio.

BHWET prioritizes the establishment or expansion of internships or field placement programs that include interdisciplinary training. Sixty percent of award money will fund $10,000 stipends for graduate students in John Carroll’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. The award period runs from September 30, 2017, through August 31, 2021.

“This grant will significantly increase John Carroll’s capacity to train students to serve as leaders in the field of integrated behavioral health in medically-underserved communities in Northeast Ohio,” said Nathan Gehlert, Ph.D., assistant professor of Counseling at John Carroll. Dr. Gehlert will serve as program director.

John Carroll University Interim President Dr. Jeanne Colleran emphasized the potential statewide impact, saying, “This funding will be transformational for our region; as a Jesuit Catholic University, one of the goals of our professional counseling training program is to address the growing social challenges we face in society.”

The University’s Department of Counseling will partner with Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc.  (MCMS), a community-based integrated behavioral healthcare agency in Euclid, Ohio. Eighty current and future John Carroll students will participate in the field-placement and internship program over a four-year period.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number M01HP31305, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program, $1.3 million in total funding.