Frequently Asked Questions about SBHP

What is SBHP?
Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) is a training and referral program. The goal is to expand access that National Guard service members and their families have to high quality, evidence-based behavioral health treatment. Launched over 10 years ago, SBHP was initially developed as a partnership of the Indiana National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration, Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), and Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI). It uses a two-pronged approach:

  • First, it provides three levels of training for civilian behavioral health providers in your state and local communities who are interested in serving the military population..
  • Second, it offers a public online registry or listing that allows service members, particularly those in the National Guard, their families, military behavioral health providers, military leaders, and others to easily search for trained providers in their community.

Which states have Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP)?

  • Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

If Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) isn’t offered in my state, how do I make this available for our providers?
If you are interested in bringing SBHP to your state, please contact us via email at

How do I find a provider on the Star Behavioral Health Provider (SBHP) Registry?
If you are looking for a provider in a participating SBHP state simply go to and follow the links for the SBHP registry. Enter your zip code/city information and search for a behavioral health provider with whom you wish to work. You may search for providers that offer either in-person or telehealth services.

Do I have to work in the mental health field to attend a training?
For Tiers One, you do not need to be a mental health provider. Community members and those who refer persons to mental health care are welcome to attend and learn more about military culture and gain a better understanding of military life. Tiers Two and Three training events are reserved for mental health providers who have joined the registry.

Where can I see what training is available?
Please visit, to see what training opportunities are available.

I am interested in attending a training, but I can’t commit to an entire training. Can I only attend part of a training?
Unfortunately, no. In order to receive credit for the training you must attend the entire training.

Do you offer self-paced training?
Currently, our training events are offered as synchronous online and live trainings. No courses are offered on demand.

Are the CEs really free?
Yes, they are!

Can SBHP guarantee that I will get referrals if I join the registry?
Unfortunately, no guarantees can be made about referrals. Our registry is actively marketed so that those who need services can find clinicians that have been trained through SBHP.

Will SBHP pay providers for services?
SBHP does not provide payments for services. This program is a training and referral program only 

Are SBHP trainings the same as those offered by CDP?

  • Tier One and Two training events are only offered through the SBHP program.
  • Tier Three training events are the same content as the EBPs offered by CDP. However, they are only available to members of the registry. CDP training events are open to all clinicians.
  • SBHP CEs are at no cost to participants. Training events through CDP have a nominal cost for CEs.
  • SBHP training events are only available to actively participating states or providers who are licensed and practicing in an actively participating state.