The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a $1.4 million four-year grant to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) professor Heather Jones, Ph.D. to expand VCU’s Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative with a focus on rural and low-income minority youth and their families. The grant will support free behavioral health services to underserved youth. Over the grant’s four-year duration, it will fund the training of 24 clinical and counseling psychology students and 24 school counseling students.
The Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative embeds clinical psychology doctoral trainees from VCU in health safety net clinics in Richmond, Virginia. The grant will allow the program to expand its partnerships with three clinics: a safety net VCU clinic primarily serving low-income Black youth and their families, a community-based family medicine clinic serving a large number of Latinx immigrants, and a community hospital serving rural Central Virginia. Together, these clinics provide over 100,000 annual visits to the underserved.
Since 2010, the Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative has trained more than 120 doctoral students, addressing a professional shortage in the treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral health problems. It is the largest federally funded training collaborative for psychology graduate students working in integrated care in the country and has had representatives from a previous White House administration visit in order to learn more about its model of care.
The grant, “The VCU Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative: Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Diverse Youth and their Families,” follows a similar award from the Health Resources and Services Administration in 2019. That grant expanded the program to include training in substance abuse screening and treatment, behavioral health services to supplement medical treatment for opioid use disorder, and telehealth services to primary care clinics in rural Virginia.
This was reported by VCU on July 6, 2021.
Contact information: Bruce Rybarczyk, Ph.D., Professor, Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, 806 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23284; 804-828-1675; Email: email@example.com; Website: https://pcpsych.vcu.edu/