CHARLESTON — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $195,760 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program at West Virginia University (WVU). This program aims to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals and improve the quality of available behavioral health workforce services.
“This funding is welcome news to the West Virginians who rely on this program,” Senator Capito said. “This support for the BHWET program at WVU will support future behavioral health specialists, while also increasing the quality of accessible care in West Virginia. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have long advocated for expanding treatment resources for those in need, especially in rural and medically underserved areas. I’m pleased to help secure funding for such an innovative and beneficial program for our state and look forward to seeing the positive outcomes that will result from this investment.”
“Ensuring we have a robust behavioral health workforce with the tools and resources they need to provide quality healthcare to West Virginians is critical. I am pleased HHS is investing in the Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training program at WVU to train our healthcare professionals. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate funding to provide West Virginians with quality, affordable healthcare and to support West Virginians in need,” Senator Manchin said.