Grant to Expand Behavioral Health Services in Rural Primary Clinics

Joe Evans, Ph.D.

Joe Evans, Ph.D.

Munroe-Meyer Institute and BHECN’s Clinical Director, Joe Evans, Ph.D., received a $1.92 million grant to train and place behavioral health professionals in rural primary care clinics in Nebraska to provide therapy and medication management for children and adults.

“Our goal is to integrate these trainees into primary care clinics in rural towns with at least 2,500 population,” stated Dr. Evans. “There is a great need for behavioral health services in these areas, and this is an opportunity to connect students to training experiences where they can make an impact and hopefully stay in the community.”

The goal is to train 28 doctoral level psychologists, 16 psychiatric nurse practitioners, and 20 master’s level counselors, marriage and family therapists and psychologists over four years. Recruiting begins September 30, and students interested in applying for the internship may contact Laura Holly at or their program’s internship director.

The grant is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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 M01HP31368 and Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for $1.92 million over four years. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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