National Council, HMA prepare recommendations for workforce crisis

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in collaboration with Health Management Associates (HMA), has prepared a series of three issue briefs to offer immediate actions states and others can take to expand current capacity and build a more stable future mental health and substance use treatment workforce. The first brief (released in January 2022) Behavioral Health

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Workforce Evolution, Transformation or Revolution

What Will it Take?  Recently a colleague sent me a link to a presentation I gave at the 31st Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium that was focused on the behavioral health workforce.  In this talk entitled, The Behavioral Health Workforce: Evolution, Transformation or Revolution, I did not recount the multifaceted nature of the problem, nor its

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The GAO and Oregon Legislature Explore Behavioral Health Workforce Issues

The Federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) is undertaking a review of behavioral health workforce projections, including estimates of supply and demand from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It is interested in understanding: What is known about the current number of certain behavioral health professionals in the workforce. What is known about the federal

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Guide to Recruiting and Retaining Psychiatrists

Finding a psychiatrist to work in a community behavioral health program or community health center has become exceptionally difficult. The pipeline of new psychiatrists does not match the demand. Many are being drawn from community-based programs to hospitals and health systems. In many states, up to 50% of psychiatrists are in private practice and refuse

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The Post COVID-19 Behavioral Workforce Challenge

by Michael T. Flaherty, Ph.D. Board Chair, Annapolis Coalition of Behavioral Health Workforce The COVID-19 pandemic has identified and catalyzed unprecedented needs and changes that must be made in today’s behavioral health care and its workforce. During the pandemic 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. reported symptoms of anxiety and depression, and unmet mental

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Annapolis Coalition Reviews Learning Collaboratives

The Annapolis Coalition was commissioned by the National Coordinating Office of the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network to conduct a review of learning collaboratives. Learning collaboratives have been widely used in general healthcare and in behavioral health as a strategy for quality improvement and implementation of evidence-based practices. This review was to assist technical

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SAMHSA Releases Behavioral Health Workforce Report

According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 80% of individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD) do not get needed care; 57% of those with mental illness also do not get needed care and fully one-third of those living with serious mental illness do not get the care they need.

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