Recruitment for the Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Education Program- Deadline Oct. 30th

Recruitment for the Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Education Program- Deadline Oct. 30th

Good afternoon Klamath Tribes

I wanted to personally reach out and introduce myself, my name is Katie Hunsberger (Yavapai) and I am the Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Student Support Coordinator at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB). I work under the Tribal Community Health Provider Project (TCHPP) which is the umbrella project at NPAIHB that encompasses Behavioral Health Aides, Community Health Aides and Dental Health Aides. Over the last two years, we have been diligently working to build the Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Education Program at Heritage University and Northwest Indian College and are very excited to share that we are currently accepting applications for BHA students to begin the program in January 2022.

Heritage University is offering a 2-year BHA Certificate pathway that will certify students to be a BHA-II and Northwest Indian College is offering a 2-year Associate Degree in Technical Arts in Chemical Dependency pathway that will also certify students to be a BHA-II. NPAIHB is looking to enroll up to 12 students for this very first Northwest cohort! Applications are open to prospective students from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho Tribes – deadline to apply is October 30, 2021.

There are many benefits to sending students or employees from your Tribal organization through this program, such as:

*        Student stipend/scholarship of $5,000 after first completed year of program, and $7,500 near completion of the program.

*        Financial support for any type of school supplies student needs- laptop, books, course materials, travel (pending due to COVID-19), tutor, etc.

*        Ongoing technical assistance for Tribes and student support from NPAIHB throughout the duration of the program.

*        Elder/mentor support for BHA students to walk alongside their educational journey and provide cultural insight, guidance, and support.

*        This program is the first of its kind in the Northwest! This first NW Cohort will be the start of something great for Tribal behavioral health workers in Tribal communities. Students and Tribes can become active participants in the development of this program.

If your Tribe and Tribal departments are interested in scheduling a 1:1 zoom call to learn more about BHA or Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) implementation, or if you know any employees/community member who would be a good fit for this education program, please contact myself, Katie Hunsberger, BHA Student Support Coordinator at (775)230-9844, or<>.

If you would like to learn more about the Tribal Community Health Provider Project, please visit our website at

Thank you so much, I hope to hear from you soon.

Gwe’hun’me’gah’now’weh (blessings).

Katie Hunsberger, M.P.P. (Yavapai)

BHA Student Support Coordinator

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Tribal Community Health Provider Project |<><>

(775) 230-9844

NPAIHB is located in Multnomah County, OR and rests on the traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, and Clackamas, bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River.