HRSA Announces New Funding Opportunity to Support Mental/Behavioral Health Rotations 

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Primary Care Training and Enhancement – Physician Assistant Rural Training in Behavioral Health (PCTE-PARB) program.  

The PCTE-PARB program, a first-time offering, builds upon recent grant competitions from HRSA focused on expanding clinical education opportunities in underserved communities and in difficult to obtain specialties. To increase access to behavioral health care in rural areas, PCTE-PARB recipients will be required to use grant funding to secure longitudinal rotations in behavioral health and primary care lasting at least 12 weeks. As has been true with recent competitions, grantees are permitted to use PCTE-PARB funding for the purpose of preceptor compensation and are required to provide supported students with a monthly cost-of-living stipend of $2,262 per month. 

HRSA anticipates making awards to 12 programs with an annual award amount of up to $415,000 from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2029. Applications are due to the agency by March 15. Members with questions about this and other grant opportunities are invited to contact Tyler Smith at