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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Demographics of the U.S. Psychology Workforce

In July of this year, the American Psychological Association (APA) released a report on the demographics of the psychology workforce in this country from 2005 to 2013. The report was prepared by the APA’s Center for Workforce Studies and was drawn from data collected by the American Community Survey. Key findings were as follows. While

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Strengthening Psychology’s Workforce for Older Adults

Data suggests that only 4% of psychologists specialize in meeting the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of the rapidly expanding population of older adults. The April 2015 edition of the American Psychologist offers a blueprint for the profession to increase the capacity of its workforce to meet these needs. The lead author of the

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Annapolis Board Chair Appointed to SAMHSA Council

Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the MUSC College of Nursing, has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA). Dr. Stuart is dean and a tenured distinguished university professor in the MUSC College of Nursing. She is also a professor

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AHRQ Releases Integrated Care Competencies

In March of 2015, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released Provider- and Practice-Level Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care. Accompanying these competency sets is A Guidebook of Professional Practices for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration.  This work was conducted under the auspices of Westat by a project team and

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