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Mental Health Awareness and Training Grant (MHAT)

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Involved

Workforce Development Focus

Workforce Issues Addressed

Federal Department and Agencies

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Healthcare, general

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.

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