Workforce Research Center Debuts

In 2015, the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center was established through a competitive award from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Center is based at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. It made its public debut in late June of 2016 with a

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Workforce Transformation in the States

Two recent peer-reviewed publications from Annapolis Coalition authors highlight behavioral health workforce development in the states. The first, which focuses on Workforce Development and Mental Health Transformation, captures the comprehensive workforce initiative in Connecticut funded through a SAMHSA Mental Health Transformation grant. The second publication, which focuses on direct care workers, describes a multi-year effort

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State Solutions Webinar Series Launched

A quarterly State Solutions in Workforce webinar series will be launched on September 7th. The series is designed to highlight innovative practices by the states in developing the substance use and mental health workforce. It is the brainchild of the leadership of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), which is directed by Dr. Howard

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Compensation Reported for Peer Support Specialists

  The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, formerly ACMHA, has released a report containing findings of two national surveys on compensation of peer support specialists. The project grew out of concern that data was available on specialists’ satisfaction with employment roles and compensation, but did not report actual compensation levels. The first of two surveys

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Surveys Underway on Peer Career Development

Two national surveys are underway in an effort to gather information about the number of Certified Peer Specialists, their characteristics, and career development. One is a survey of state certification entities and the other is open to broad participation by individuals peer specialists. The surveys are co-sponsored by five peer-led and/or supporting organizations: the International

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Gail Stuart Keynotes Carter Center Symposium

On November 12, 2015 Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the Annapolis Coalition of the Behavioral Health Workforce, was the keynote speaker at the 31st Annual Rosalyn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy where she showcased strategies to combat behavioral health issues in today’s workforce. The two-day symposium discussed several potential solutions to address

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Addressing the Epidemic in Opioid Overdoses and Deaths

  The White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have declared a national epidemic in opioid abuse, overdose, and deaths. The CDC has estimated that over 48,000 individuals died in 2014 from heroin and prescription opioid overdoses. Workforce expansion and education have been identified as key priorities in any long-term solution.

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MHALA Jump Start Fellowship Recognized as Workforce Innovator

The Annapolis Coalition has recognized the Jump Start Fellowship, a program of Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) as a Workforce Innovation. Jump Start is a 12-week, full-time fellowship program for individuals who are interested in working in the adult community mental health field. The program combines recovery-focused classroom instruction with applied internships to prepare

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Coalition Board Member Sue Bergeson Receives Beers Award

Sue Bergeson, a longstanding member of the Annapolis Coalition Board of Directors, is the most recent recipient of the prestigious Clifford W. Beers Award. Bestowed by Mental Health America, one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations, its highest award recognizes a consumer who has improved conditions for and attitudes about individuals with mental health conditions.

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GAO Calls for HHS Coordination on Serious Mental Illness

In 2013, the leadership of the Annapolis Coalition published an article in the journal Health Affairs calling for federal leadership and coordinated interagency action to address the growing behavioral health workforce crisis. Striking a similar theme, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a recently released report, identified the need for the Department of

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