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News by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

Where Are The Psychiatrists? Amador County And Rural California Hit Hardest By Physician Shortage.
Aug 12, 2018 - Discusses the need for mental healthcare access in rural areas of California, where the suicide rates are higher. Touches on demand for providers, transportation concerns, stigma, and telehealth as an emerging solution.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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Wisconsin Tackles the Opioid Crisis
Aug 7, 2018 - Wisconsin's Task Force on Opioid Abuse partnered with Pew to assess ways to increase access within the state to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder. Highlights the recommendations made by Pew to the state of Wisconsin, including considerations like care delivery models, workforce, Medicaid payment policies, and underserved populations, touching on some recommendations that have been implemented already.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
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SAMHSA: Meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of a public meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 1, 2018. Agenda items include a discussion of the substance use prevention workforce and opioid use prevention and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
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‘Recovery Is Possible — and We’re Examples of It’
Jul 10, 2018 - Discusses behavioral health peer support specialists in Montana, where the professional was formalized last year. Peer supporters are people who have dealt with addiction or mental illness in the past and who, with professional training, help others work through their present struggles with these issues. Touches on a project called Never Alone that was developed in a rural town in the state to provide a drop-in center with recovery groups in the evenings during the week and social activities on the weekends.
Source: High Country News
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Montana Is Losing Essential Mental Health Services
Jul 9, 2018 - Highlights the barriers to accessing mental and behavioral healthcare in Montana. Also touches on the history of mental healthcare in the state and on efforts to overcome those barriers. Montana spent $241 per capita on state mental health programs in 2015 and was ranked 29th in the nation. By contrast, neighboring North Dakota only spent $94 per capita and was ranked 15th.
Source: High Country News
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Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care
Jul 5, 2018 - Highlights efforts in Texas to provide integrated mental and physical healthcare. This is especially difficult in rural areas of the state, which already struggle to recruit providers and which may not be able to support the additional workforce.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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