The primary objective of the Northwest Leaders in Behavioral Health Program (NLBHP) is to recruit and train a diverse cadre of outstanding social work practitioners, prepared for behavioral health prevention and clinical intervention with those at risk of developing or who have a recognized behavioral health disorder, particularly in rural, tribal, medically underserved and vulnerable populations. 

This innovative program is designed to address the tremendous need for this type of training by providing students with stipends and a curriculum focused on behavioral health across the lifespan. The federally funded training program also includes an advanced field placement to enhance professional learning in the areas of behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment.

HRSA: M01HP31384-01-00

Program Information Presentation (pdf)

NLBHP Application Form for Day (2nd year and Advanced Standing) and EDP (Advanced Practicum Year) students will open on April 6, 2020. Priority Deadline for Applications is May 22, 2020. If you need an extension, contact Shirley Chu-Torres at

Please contact Program Coordinator, Shirley Chu-Torres at with any questions regarding the program or application process.