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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

Mobile Telehealth Units and Care Coordinators Improve Emergency Care Services for Rural Arizona Patients
Features an Arizona program focused on lowering ER readmissions through care coordination and EMS telehealth services. Explains how the telehealth services are provided via mobile telehealth units. Describes how care coordination helps meet the behavioral health needs of patients with chronic diseases.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Psychosocial Supports in Medication-Assisted Treatment: Site Visit Findings and Conclusions
Profiles 5 programs that offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD), including several with rural components. Covers psychosocial support offered, staffing and staff training, collaboration and coordination, financing, data collection and quality improvement, lessons learned, and next steps for each program. Discusses the aspects of psychosocial support that are most important for positive outcomes, types of psychosocial support being used, and factors helping or impeding psychosocial support implementation, including stigma and workforce challenges. Appendix B reviews the literature on psychosocial support in MAT.
Additional links: Appendix B: Psychosocial Supports in Medication-Assisted Treatment: Recent Evidence and Current Practice
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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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: 07/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Impact of Rural Social Workers and Patient-Aligned Care Teams
Podcast explores the impact social workers have on rural veterans' healthcare outcomes. Discusses the role social workers have in coordinating care, providing referrals, and overseeing the well-being of rural veterans.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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South Carolina Mental Health Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) By Category
County-level map showing Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
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Preventing Farmer Suicides through Helplines and Farm Visits
Discusses the financial and other challenges farmers face that impact their mental health. Highlights the efforts of the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline and NY FarmNet, which work to improve farmers' mental health and prevent suicides.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Partnering for Behavioral Health in Rural Northeast and North-Central Nebraska: Workforce Programs and Services
Highlights a behavioral health network in rural Nebraska that seeks to increase behavioral health awareness and access through workforce placement and partnerships with communities and other organizations. Includes an interview with the network director and offers advice for other networks based on lessons learned.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Iowa: Federal Mental Health Care Shortage Designations
Shows designated counties and facilities as Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Iowa.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Iowa Department of Public Health
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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). Shows the designated mental health facilities, correctional facilities, Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, and State Mental Health Hospital.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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North Dakota Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas and Scores
County-level map of North Dakota showing the locations of designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and HPSA scores. Shows the designated mental health facilities, correctional facilities, Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, and State Mental Health Hospital and related HPSA scores.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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