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News by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

Jan 24, 2023 - Highlights a report from GoodRx Research, stating that more than 113,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) live in 492 counties that lack mental health providers. The study also found that counties with a higher population of AI/AN residents had a lower percentage of households with access to telehealth. States with the highest numbers of mental health deserts are Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Alaska. South Dakota and Alaska are among the states with highest numbers of AI/AN residents living in mental health deserts.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 16, 2023 - The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline was launched in July 2022 and received over 1.7 million calls, texts, and chats in its first five months. The program has received close to $1 billion in funding from the federal government, including more than $500 million in the federal spending bill.
Source: NPR
Jan 10, 2023 - Describes new two Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) studies, with findings drawn from KFF's Behavioral Health Survey of state Medicaid programs. The first study explores expansion of telehealth and of the types of providers who may be reimbursed for telehealth delivery of behavioral health services. The second examines strategies some state Medicaid programs are implementing to address the behavioral health workforce shortage.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Jan 9, 2023 - Announces that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the first 200 of 1,000 Medicare-funded physician residency slots to 100 teaching hospitals across 30 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. One hundred twenty-five of the residency slots are allocated for primary care, including obstetrics/gynecology, and 20 slots are allocated for psychiatry.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Dec 27, 2022 - Describes two recent incidents that illuminate the urgent need to address mental health and substance abuse problems across North Dakota. Reports that stigma can be a barrier for people seeking counseling in rural communities where everyone knows everyone. (May require subscription to view.)
Source: InForum
Dec 22, 2022 - Announces that Congress proposes to expand Medicare coverage to include Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors. These providers in Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) can now generate a Medicare encounter, reimbursable at the RHC's All-Inclusive Rate, beginning January 1, 2024.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Nov 28, 2022 - Notice from the Department of Education inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2023 for the Mental Health Service Professional (MHSP) Demonstration Grant Program. The MHSP Program provides competitive grants to support and demonstrate innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health services providers for employment in schools and local educational agencies (LEAs). Applications are due by January 27, 2023.
Source: Federal Register