The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Training Program. The purpose of this program is to increase access to evaluation and services for children with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns, including autism. Through this program, up to 15 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited DBP fellowship programs will provide post-graduate training (including fellowships), continuing education to practicing providers, and technical assistance to community agencies. Programs will prepare DBP fellows for leadership roles as teachers, researchers, and clinicians. In doing so, programs will build the workforce capacity to evaluate, diagnose or rule out developmental disabilities, including autism, as well as other behavioral health concerns; and support research and clinical care in the broad range of behavioral, psychosocial, and developmental issues through training of pediatric practitioners, residents, and medical students.
By expanding the DBP workforce, children with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns will have increased access to evaluation and services that address medical and psychosocial aspects of development. Through this award, programs will:
- Prepare DBP fellows and other long-term trainees (LTTs) for leadership roles as teachers, investigators, and clinicians.
- Build workforce capacity to evaluate for, diagnose or rule out developmental disabilities (DD), including autism, and other behavioral health concerns.
- Prepare trainees to participate in clinical care and research training across a broad range of behavioral and developmental health concerns.
- Provide pediatric practitioners, residents, and medical students with essential psychosocial knowledge and clinical expertise.
- Provide technical assistance (TA) to strengthen systems of care for children who may have autism/DD and their families. TA recipients may include state Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant agencies and community agencies.
Approximately $1,906,150 was available in funding for FY 2018. Previously funded projects can be seen at https://mchb.hrsa.gov/training/projects.asp?program=6