Mental Health Awareness and Training Grant (MHAT)
Workforce Development Focus
Workforce Issues Addressed
Federal Department and Agencies
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Improving the quality of healthcare workforce
Training current healthcare professionals in new techniques or practices; Training current healthcare profesionals so that they will be able to serve a broader population; Increasing the training available to current healthcare professionals; Training current healthcare professionals in SDOH, implicit bias, or culturally-competent and/or patient-centered care
The Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) grants are awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to organizations to prepare and train individuals to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, often those who are in crisis. The current cycle of awardees were selected in 2021 and their programs can be awarded for up to 5 years. The purpose of MHAT grants can be applicable to improving the quality of the healthcare workforce if the grants go to programs that train emergency first responders / emergency services personnel how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and employ crisis deescalation techniques to the people that they are helping.