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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Presents guidelines from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for behavioral health providers serving American Indians and Alaska Natives. Features a discussion of the behavioral health disparities facing tribal communities and provides guidance for the development and implementation of culturally competent treatment practices. Includes an executive summary and literature review.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Peer Support Specialists Care for and Connect Rural Behavioral Health Clients
Discusses peer support specialists, trained laypeople in recovery with a mental health condition or substance use disorder, and describes the roles they play as mentors and coordinators for clients with similar behavioral health issues. Features peer support specialist programs in rural Arizona, Michigan, and North Dakota.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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California’s Behavioral Health Services Workforce is Inadequate for Older Adults
Describes gaps in California's behavioral health workforce that serves older adults and offers recommendations for addressing them. Highlights the impact of the Workforce Education and Training (WET) funding on the state's public mental health system. Discusses the behavioral health needs of older adults, the number and distribution of the state's behavioral health workforce, and workforce challenges, particularly for rural areas.
Author(s): Janet C. Frank, Kathryn G. Kietzman, Alina Palimaru
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
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Public Health and Other Related Provisions in P.L 115-271, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
Summarizes Title VII and VIII provisions in the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act). Addresses provisions affecting access to opioid abuse treatment and providers, data collection, child welfare, the Department of Justice, substance abuse prevention, and more. Sections highlighting rural authorize grants for first responder training, data collection on adverse childhood experiences, recovery support services, and reauthorization of the the State and Tribal Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis grant program with technical assistance for rural and underserved communities.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Rural Counties Face Psychiatrist Shortage
Analyzes data from the Wisconsin Medical Society to describe the psychiatrist workforce shortage and treatment gaps in Wisconsin. Offers policy recommendations to support the rural psychiatrist workforce.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Policy Forum
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Wisconsin Number of Providers Needed to Remove Shortage Designation: Mental Health
Shows the number of providers needed to remove the Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation for each county in the state of Wisconsin.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Kansas Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas, 2018
Shows a map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and the counties designated as a population mental HPSA.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Alabama Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas
County-level map of Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Alabama.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Virginia’s Licensed Clinical Psychologist Workforce: 2018
Presents an overview of the licensed clinical psychologist (LCP) workforce for 2018. Highlights the percentage of LCP workforce from a rural area and the percent currently working in a rural area, among other measures.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Licensed Clinical Social Worker Workforce: 2018
An overview of the licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2018 Licensed Clinical Social Worker Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of LCSWs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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