• About the Program

  • BHWI is a grant funded program introducing trainees to the exciting careers in behavioral health and providing work opportunities within three healthcare systems. 

    Trainees will be hired as paid temporary employees for ten weeks by each employer. They will attend a combination of on-the-job training/observations, and didactic training with our education partner Williams James College. Each trainee will earn three college credits from William James College and earn a program completion certificate from the Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative comprising of the following training partners:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital- Boston

  • Boston Medical Center- Brockton

  • Mount Auburn Hospital- Cambridge

  • William James College (Educational Partner)​​

The next cohort of the program will launch March 4, 2024, with one additional cycle over the next 8 months! 


  • Earn & Learn model
  • Earn three college credits 
  • Paid training trainees earn an hourly wage/40 hours per week 
  • Earn a stipend of up to $400 
  • Training Hours 7:00am-3:30pm or 12:00-8:30pm (subject to change)
  • Work with coach during the training program and 90 days post program


include but are not limited to:

  • Must have valid work authorization
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (depending on employer)
  • Eager to seek growth opportunities and have a strong work ethic
  • Required to pass background check/CORI 
  • Basic Computer Skills

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Position Titles Includes:

 Behavioral Health PCA

  Behavioral Health Technician

  Mental Health Specialist

  Patient Observer

The entry level behavioral health professionals may provide in-room monitoring to patients in a hospital or other health care facility. They are trained to observe and assist patients with psychological disturbances, or who may otherwise be a harm to themselves or others. As a behavioral health professional, along with ensuring patient safety, your responsibilities and duties may include providing, adl's, conversation and companionship to your clients and making regular reports on the patient to other medical staff

A collaboration of Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, and William James College. 

This project is funded by a Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grant (Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund FY’21 Appropriation) through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation.
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