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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

Addressing Opioid-Related Outcomes Among Individuals With Co-Occurring Behavioral Health Conditions: An Environmental Scan of Quality Measures
Presents the results of an environmental scan of healthcare quality measures relevant to addressing polysubstance use among individuals with co-occurring behavioral health conditions. Includes information on access to buprenorphine providers in rural communities.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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SAMHSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance and resources to help providers respond to COVID-19 while providing care and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. Includes guidance specific to opioid treatment programs.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Tackling America's Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Through Primary Care Integration
Explores how primary and behavioral healthcare integration can overcome the unmet needs for mental health and substance use services. Discusses barriers to integrated care delivery. Offers policy recommendations to improve the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare services through enhanced payments, training, and technical assistance, and improving access to behavioral health providers for consultation and referral.
Additional links: Infographic
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Idaho Mental Health Professional Shortage Area Service Areas
Identifies the Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the state of Idaho by county. Includes both the geographic and population group HPSA designations.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Idaho Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Sixth Biennial Report 2021: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota
Updates the previous five editions of this report with a comprehensive examination of healthcare workforce licensure data related to number of licensed professionals, locations, specialties, and demographics in rural and urban North Dakota. Includes a new chapter on social determinants of health and features recommendations for healthcare planning.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Slide Deck
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
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Mental Health Systems Solutions Explorer
Interactive tool offering evidence-based solutions to increase mental healthcare utilization, increase access to care, and establish a continuum of care. Contains examples of each solution in practice. Solutions can be filtered to view those specifically of interest to rural communities.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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How to Transform the U.S. Mental Health System: Evidence-based Recommendations
Discusses evidence-based strategies to promote mental healthcare utilization, improve access to care, and establish a continuum of care. Offers 15 recommendations to improve mental healthcare, including policies regarding reimbursement, workforce growth, and digital and telehealth services, among other topics. Includes rural references throughout.
Additional links: Full Report, Research Brief: Transforming Mental Health Care in the United States
Author(s): Ryan K. McBain, Nicole K. Eberhart, Joshua Breslau, et al.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Arkansas Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
County-level map of Arkansas identifying the Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas within the state.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
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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: data.HRSA.gov
Date: 01/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Tennessee Uninsured Adult Healthcare Safety Net Annual Report
Features statistics on Tennessee's uninsured population and state safety net funding expenditures. Includes maps showing locations of adult healthcare and behavioral health safety net services, and county-level maps showing population-to-provider ratios for various medical specialties and Health Professional Shortage Areas as of 2020. Examines challenges in rural Tennessee, including adequacy of healthcare and access to services. Includes sections on the impact of COVID-19 on Tennessee, and associated relief funding and support services.
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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