American Rescue Plan Act Resources

The Nebraska Legislature allocated more than $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to the Behavioral Health Education Center in 2022 to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of behavioral health professionals. The funds cover projects in four award categories: behavioral health training opportunities, telebehavioral health support in rural areas, behavioral health workforce projects to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and funding for supervision of provisionally licensed behavioral health providers currently employed in Nebraska.  

About the application

The online application has four versions based on category. Applicants may request funding for up to three years. All ARPA funding expires on Dec. 31, 2025, and BHECN cannot guarantee funding after that date.

These pdf documents  include the questions to expect on the application. 

  1. Behavioral Health Training Opportunities
  2. Funding for BH Supervisors Application
  3. Telebehavioral Health Support Application
  4. Workforce Projects COVID Application

Tips on using the application portal: PowerPointPDF

ARPA Application Informational Webinar

PDF of webinar slides | Informational webinar transcript

Grant Writing Workshop

PDF of workshop slides | Writing Workshop transcript

Resources

 
Application  
To access the online application, you will need to create an account or log in. You will be able to start a new application once the next round opens.
Download the details  
This downloadable flier provides background on BHECN, the American Recovery Plan Act funding, its categories and examples of potential projects.
Reporting/Evaluation Measures  

Awardees will be expected to gather and report on evaluation measures throughout the duration of their projects. Finalized evaluation measures will be provided by BHECN once awards are disseminated.

Read a draft of potential evaluation measures, which are subject to change.

Review Committees  
There are four separate Behavioral Health Workforce ARPA Award categories and four separate review committees, one for each category. View the review criteria for applications.
RFP Toolkit  
View presentation slides providing Request for Proposal background and information.