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 refuseContinue Reading.
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 mentalContinue Reading.
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 technicalContinue Reading.
Annapolis Coalition Welcomes Dr. Lake Huang and Dr. Stanley Huey to Board of Directors
MARCH 20, 2021 – The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce announced today the addition of two new members of its Board of Directors. Larke Nahme Huang, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical-community psychologist who has worked at the interface of policy, research and practice in behavioral health. Most recently she was the Director ofContinue Reading.
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.Continue Reading.
MHA Launches National Certification Program for Certified Peer Support Specialist
Mental Health America (MHA) announced the creation of the MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) credential. The certification allows those with the “lived experience, training, and job experience” to work along-side health care teams, and aims to create career paths and opportunities for peer supporters. MHA notes that the MHA NCPS credential does not makeContinue Reading.
Annapolis Coalition Board President Continues Workforce Development in Liberia
Dr. Gail Stuart, President of the Annapolis Coalition Board of Directors, spent a week in March continuing her work with the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program to expand behavioral health workforce development in Liberia. The trip marks her fifth visit to the country since 2010 to refine the curriculum she developed to train general nursesContinue Reading.
ATTC Releases Whitepaper: Preparing Students to Work in Integrated Health Care Systems
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) released its recently published whitepaper about preparing generalist, specialist and behavioral health providers for practice in an integrated setting, asserting that substance use disorders prevention, treatment and recovery services are becoming more integrated with mental health and general healthcare. The paper notes that existing pre-service educational programsContinue Reading.
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 underContinue Reading.
Surgeon General’s Report on Addictions Notes Limitations of Substance Use Workforce
The substance use workforce and its challenges are discussed in the recently released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon’s General Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health (SAMHSA, 2016.) The Report is a comprehensive review on addictions, covering the extent of substance use disorders in the U.S., the neurobiology of addiction, prevention and treatment, and healthContinue Reading.