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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

Georgia Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (MHPSA)
Map showing Georgia counties identified as Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Rural Health Research Recap: Rural Behavioral Health
Summarizes key findings from the Rural Health Research Centers' most recent rural behavioral health projects. Discusses mental illness prevalence in rural areas, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among rural children, access to behavioral health services in rural communities, and rural behavioral health interventions. Provides links to each of the referenced source documents.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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North Dakota Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas
County-level map of North Dakota showing the locations of designated mental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) and designated mental health facilities.
Additional links: North Dakota Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas with Scores
Date: 11/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Behavioral Health Workforce Supply
Webinar recording presents a discussion on the supply and distribution of behavioral health professionals across the U.S. Breaks down data by U.S. Census regions.
Additional links: Webinar Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 08/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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The Supply and Distribution of the Behavioral Health Workforce in America: A State-Level Analysis
State-level analysis of the supply and distribution of the behavioral health workforce. Provides individual data briefs for each state and includes information on the following health professionals: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and counselors. Findings are shown in actual numbers, as a ratio of providers per 100,000 population, and by metro/non-metro status. Builds on the work and research of an earlier companion brief.
Author(s): C. Holly A. Andrilla, Lisa A. Garberson, Davis G. Patterson, Eric H. Larson
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Kansas Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and the counties having submitted for HPSA designation.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Training Community Clergy Partners to Increase Access to Care for Rural Veterans
Presents a toolkit and web-based module for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a mental health training program for clergy to help rural veterans. Discusses in-person and web-based training methods implemented in the pilot program. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to mental healthcare and clinical impact for rural veterans, among other factors.
Additional links: Overview
Author(s): James Goalder, Kristen Wing, Eric Crawford, Keith Ethridge
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health
Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan mental health HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan mental health HPSAs on another. Data source: HRSA Data Warehouse.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Recruiting and Retaining Maine’s Health Care Workforce
Illustrates examples of rural-focused medical education programs to support an adequate supply of physicians in rural Maine. Also, discusses behavioral and oral health workforce development, and promising programs utilizing other types of healthcare workers such as community paramedics and community health workers (CHWs) to increase the availability and accessibility of healthcare in rural Maine and in other rural regions of the U.S.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Maine’s Behavioral Health Services
Illustrates examples of the provision of treatment for mental health and/or substance use disorders in rural Maine that address the challenges in access to behavioral health treatment. Also, discusses the use of care coordination, telehealth, and partnerships with law enforcement as promising strategies for successful treatment in rural areas.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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