States Solutions Webinar Series Continues

The quarterly State Solutions in Workforce webinar series, which launched last fall, continues highlighting innovative practices by the states in developing the substance use and mental health workforce. A recording of the first webinar, which took place in September and highlighted initiatives in Nebraska, is available online here. January’s webinar highlighted the workforce development effort in Connecticut under

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New Text on Workforce Development

Publisher IGI Global has recently released a new volume on Workforce Development Theory and Practice in the Mental Health Sector. The book, edited by Mark Smith and Angela Jury from Te Pou, New Zealand’s workforce center on behavioral health, compiles 15 chapters on health and mental health written by experts from North America, Australia, New Zealand,

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Recent Reports on the Peer Workforce

Two recent reports have been released on peer specialists. The UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care has published The Peer Provider Workforce in Behavioral Health: A Landscape Analysis. The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health has published a 2016 update of its report on Peer Specialist Training & Certification Programs. The UCSF report, funded by

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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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