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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

Trauma-Informed Supervision in Tribal Child Welfare (Part 1 of 2): Maintaining Clear Roles with Realistic Expectations
A webinar recording that discusses strategies to develop culturally-responsive and trauma-informed supervision in tribal child welfare. Discusses how to support child welfare staff, such as maintaining clear roles and ensuring manageable caseload expectations.
Author(s): Kimee Wind-Hummingbird, Lisa Stark
Date: 03/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Capacity Building Center for Tribes
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Availability of Behavioral Health Providers and Services in Rural Areas, with Holly Andrilla
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Holly Andrilla, Deputy Director of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center. Focuses on rural availability of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, and counselors, as well as recent developments in access to medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD).
Date: 03/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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How One New Mexico County is Taking a Community-Wide Approach to Treating Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
Features a McKinley County, New Mexico community consortium that takes a holistic approach to recovery. Discusses the need for cultural understanding of Native culture in providing treatment services. Describes the growth of the collaboration over time and the range of local organizations involved.
Author(s): Gretel Kauffman
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Building the Future Behavioral Health Workforce: California Needs Assessment
Provides an overview of California's behavioral health workforce, such as the health professions education pipeline and recruitment and retention of the workforce. Includes county-level data on the ratio of licensed behavioral health professionals per 100,000 residents in Table B.2.
Author(s): Janet Coffman, Margaret Fix
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: County Behavioral Health Directors Association - California
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Identifying Bottlenecks and Roadblocks in the Rural Mental Health Career Pipeline
Examines behavioral health workforce shortages in rural Minnesota, issues of access, acceptability and stigma around utilizing mental health professionals, recruiting and retaining behavioral workforce, struggles around education and internship opportunities, and more. Includes data related to the Minnesota behavioral workforce and associated issues such as poverty, suicide rates, rural versus urban provider comparisons, and more.
Additional links: Summary, Webinar
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Behavioral Health, Minnesota State University - Mankato, Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Rural Population Health in the United States: A Chartbook
Presents rural population health data by Census region and state, with some data by sex, race, and ethnicity. Includes U.S. maps showing county-level data as well as a variety of charts, including rural-urban disparity charts, state summary charts, and more. Topics addressed include access to care, health outcomes and risks, mortality, social determinants of health, and socioeconomic data.
Author(s): Randy Randolph, Sharita Thomas, Mark Holmes, et al.
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) Meeting Minutes, January 19-20, 2023
Summarizes the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) meeting held on January 19-20, 2023. Includes presentations and discussions on the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the National Caregiver Strategy, age-friendly public health systems, the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, and Title VII mental and behavioral health education and training programs. Includes rural references throughout.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages
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Health Workforce Research Data Center: Annual Report to the Legislature, January 2023
Provides an overview on education, employment, supply and demand, educational pipeline, and workforce shortages related to healthcare in California. Provides data on several healthcare occupations such as nursing, oral health, behavioral health, allied health, and more, broken down by race/ethnicity and California region.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Department of Health Care Access and Information
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Strengthening Mental Health Care in Southwest Virginia
Policy brief exploring mental health access in Southwest Virginia and the benefits of integrated primary care. Includes a section on rural care accessibility and provides insights on how to strengthen the mental health care system.
Author(s): Sety Abooali
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia State Office of Rural Health
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Filling the Gaps in the Behavioral Health Workforce
Discusses the shortage of licensed behavioral health workers in rural and underserved communities. Explores the roles of behavioral health support specialists (BHSS) and community-initiated care (CIC) to support licensed behavioral health professionals. Offers policy recommendations to strengthen the roles of the non-clinical workforce.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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