The Office of Behavioral Health at MassHealth under the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) is offering financial support to staff in pursuit of licensure. This scholarship would serve to support staff in achieving independent licensure including LICSW, LMHC, LMFT, and Psychologists. Qualifying staff are persons providing direct service and/or supervision in In-home therapy (IHT) and/or Intensive Care Coordination (ICC). The Staff person must meet this criterion at time of application and continuously at the same provider agency for a period of six months from the date of reimbursement.

 

Scope

The financial coverage can vary depending on individual testing needs. Funds can be used to reimburse the cost of licensing prep/study courses, license test fees, and the cost to obtain the actual license.  Maximum distribution is $1,500 per individual. Reimbursement for any expenses does not require a passing score on the exam. Exam costs may be covered for no more than two attempts.

This is a reimbursement program; therefore, staff who are awarded the scholarship will incur costs up front and then submit an invoice with all receipts in order to receive payment. To expedite the reimbursement turnaround, staff may elect to submit two invoices. For example:

  • Invoice 1 - Test prep and license test related fees
  • Invoice 2 - Licensing fee

Interested staff must apply for the program up front. Upon acceptance, staff can begin to incur eligible expenses and submit invoices with receipts for reimbursement. Only approved expenses will be reimbursed.

 

How to Apply

Any interested and eligible IHT/ICC staff needs to complete this enclosed application and submit to TAC. Application will then be reviewed and a determination will be issued to applicant. Funds will be disseminated after activities have occurred.

 

Requirements

In order for funds to be distributed, staff member must commit to retain employment at current agency and in IHT/ICC for a minimum of 6-months from the date of the licensing exam. All funds need to be used for the intended purpose.

 

Timeline

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Submission of an application does not guarantee payment. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in a timely manner as there is a limited amount of money to support this program.

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