Annapolis Coalition Reflects on BH challenges, Trends Over 20 years

The Annapolis Coalition’s worked has spanned more than 20 years, since first coming together in 2001. Mental Health Weekly recently spoke with Michael Hoge, Ph.D., Senior Science and Policy Advisor for the Coalition, about some of the challenges and trends the behavioral health workforce is facing. Some milestones of the Coalition’s work over the years

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The Children’s Mental Health Tsunami: Can the Workforce Stay Afloat?

by Larke Nahme Huang, Ph.D. Annapolis Coalition Board Member Former, Senior Policy Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration The mental health crisis for children and adolescents in the U.S. has reached a critical point, presenting challenges not only to families, communities and the mental health care system, but across all child-serving systems, including

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Workforce Strategies for the Crisis in ED Utilization

The Senior Science and Policy Advisor for the Annapolis Coalition, Dr. Michael Hoge, has been focused on the national crisis in child and adolescent mental health. In collaboration with Connecticut colleagues at the Child Health and Development Institute and the Yale School of Medicine, he has authored a new article, Emergency Department Use by Children

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Thoughts for a New Year in behavioral healthcare

by Leighton Huey, MD Secretary/Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors, Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce Associate Dean, Professor of Psychiatry, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Over the past many years, the Annapolis Coalition has done important work addressing the frontline behavioral health workforce, primarily focusing on this important group of workers as “neglected”

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Overdose deaths grow…and grow

by Michael T. Flaherty, Ph.D., Chair, Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce [email protected]   Despite increased funding for services, increased access to medication assisted treatment, and ever-growing community efforts into harm reduction practices, drug overdoses in the U.S. were estimated to be 100,306 in the 12-month period ending April 2021, a record high (1).

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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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