BHWET Application

Behavioral Health in the Big Sky: Innovative Approaches to Integrated Care
Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training - HRSA

IMPORTANT NOTE: The BHWET Cohort 5 for the academic year 2021-2022 has already been selected and students have been placed at sites serving children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth.

Applications for BHWET Cohort 6 ( academic year 2022-2023) will open in February 2022. If you are interested in learning more about the BHWET program in general, please contact BHWET Program Manager Mary Parrish at

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in one of four behavioral health training programs at the University of Montana or Montana State University (Masters in Social Work, Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Doctorate of Psychology, Doctorate of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)
  • Must be in good academic standing in your program
  • Must be in the final required field placement for your program (Masters in Social Work (2nd or final year), Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2nd or final year), Doctorate of Psychology – Clinical or School (3rd year or higher), Doctorate of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (final rotation)
  • Must attend BHWET student applicant interview day 

Student Application Checklist

Important Information

  • January/February 2022: Applications Open
  • Contact Mary Parrish with any questions @
  • Format: Applications should be saved as one PDF document; materials should be in the following order (LOI; CV; References; Attestation; Site Rankings); please name your document LASTNAME_BHWET_degreeprogram e.g. Smith_BHWET_psychology

Application Details

  1. Letter of intent should include:
    1. How is the interdisciplinary training model relevant to your career goals
    2. Describe your commitment to working with rural and underserved populations
    3. Discuss your ability to commit the time and resources needed to fulfill the practicum requirement for this project during 2022-2023 academic year
    4. How have prior experiences prepared you for interdisciplinary behavioral health work
  2. CV
  3. Three references – Name and contact information. Letters of reference are not necessary.
  4. Attestation of Good Standing (not currently on warning or academic probation): A statement of your own indicating that you are in good standing is sufficient. Your training program will be asked to verify your good standing if you are selected for a grant-funded position.
  5. Rank order your top 3 preferences for site placement. The placement committee will make the best effort to place you at your preferred site. Please note that placement at your preferred site is NOT guaranteed:
    • Providence St. Patrick Hospital - Missoula
    • Partnership Health Center - Missoula
    • Veterans Administration –
      1. Missoula
      2. Helena
      3. Kalispell
    • Curry Health Center - Missoula
    • Community Medical Center - Missoula
    • Planned Parenthood of Montana - Missoula
    • Missoula Urban Indian Health Center
    • Trapper Creek Job Corps - Darby
    • Shodair Children's Hospital - Helena
    • Lolo Ag Worker Health & Services - Lolo
    • Barrett Hospital - Dillon
    • Pureview Health Center - Helena
    • Southwest Community Health Center - Butte
    • Lowell & Willard School – Missoula
    • Northwest Community Health Center – Libby
    • Western MT Mental Health Ctr
    • Desmet School
    • Bitterroot Valley Educational Cooperative
      1. Stevensville Elementary
    • Missoula County Public Schools
      1. Porter Middle School – Missoula

*If accepted and placed, student will work with site coordinator to provide the following as requested:

  1. Confidentiality agreement
  2. Immunizations
  3. Background check
  4. Policies & Procedures
  5. Copy of University of Montana Malpractice Insurance

Upload your Application

Upload your application here. Please make sure it is in PDF or .docx format.