Pediatric Mental Health Training Award

Pediatric Mental Health Training Award


The REACH Institute is pleased to announce the Pediatric Mental Health Training Award!

This award gives a Non-Profit Organization and/or Federally Qualified Health Center that serves low-income communities the opportunity to provide pediatric mental health training through REACH’s training programs to its:

  • Healthcare Providers
  • Local Schools
  • Family Peer Advocates

The pediatric mental health crisis affects everyone, but especially impacts under-resourced communities. By offering this Award, REACH hopes that these newly trained providers, teachers and/or advocates will feel empowered to diagnose and support the children and families they serve.

The Award

The Award will fund all costs typically associated with the Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program for up to 50 pediatric primary care providers, valued at $92,000.

The PPP Program consists of a dynamic 3-day course (which can be held virtually or in person) and up to 12 follow-up consultation calls over 6 months to solidify learning. Participants can claim up to 28.25 CME credits for both components.


In addition to the PPP Program, organizations can opt for the Award to also fund the costs associated with one or more of the following REACH training programs:

  1. Child/Adolescent Training in Evidence-Based Psychotherapies (CATIE) Program (which consists of a 2-day course and 12 follow-up consultation calls) for up to 25 mental health clinicians, valued at $60,000;
  2. School Based Mental Health (SBMH) Program (which involves individualized training and consultation) for up to 10 educators or other school staff, valued at $25,000
  3. Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) (which involves 40 hours of training and 12 group consultation calls) for up to 10 family peer advocates, valued at $25,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) OR U.S. based non-profit organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscal agents with a 501(c)(3) status.
  2. Applicants must provide services or collaborate with organizations that provide services to culturally diverse, underserved children and families in low-income communities.
  3. Applicants must be able to bring together 50 primary care providers for the PPP Program training. These providers do not all have to be affiliated with the applicant’s organization.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate strong relationships with community partners and/or the ability to convene the professionals for the training programs they are interested in applying for.


Awardee Expectations

Awardees should expect and plan on the following:

  1. Time Commitment. As mentioned above, the PPP Program requires healthcare providers to commit to taking a 3-day course (worth 16.25 CME credits) and up to 12 follow-up learning calls over 6 months (worth 1 CME credit per call, with a minimum attendance of 9 calls). Commitment for additional REACH training programs detailed above.
  2. Data Collection. Awardees will be asked to collaborate with REACH to formulate and assist with data collection and evaluation before and after training, to help assess the impact of the training received.


2022 Activity Date
Award Announcement March 14 2022
Applications due May 9, 2022
Interviews with selected applicants June-July 2022
Awards Announced August 2022


How to Apply

Please complete your application using our Online Application Form by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on May 9, 2022. To preview the application form questions in advance please click here.



For more information or any questions please email the contacts below:



Lisa Hunter Romanelli

CEO at The REACH Institute

[email protected]

Ishmeen Badesha

Executive Associate at The REACH Institute

[email protected]



Thank you for your interest in this Award.

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“I came into the course as a general pediatrician with no training or experience in pediatric mental health management Following the course, I now feel empowered, equipped and most importantly, supported to go back home and implement meaningful change in my practice.”

Casey Hester, MD
Oklahoma City, OK