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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

Alabama Health Professional Shortage Areas - Mental Health
County-level map with shadings showing geographic and low-income Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Alabama.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health
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New Medicare Behavioral Health Providers: Incorporating MHCs and MFTs Into Your RHC
Recording of a May 9, 2024, webinar discussing Medicare coverage of marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and mental health counselors (MHCs) effective January 1, 2024, and the implications for Rural Health Clinics. Describes skills and attributes of MFTs and MHCs and provides an overview of common mental health concerns for older adults. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide
Provides clarification for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites regarding eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other factors for becoming an NHSC approved site. Acts as a supplemental resource to the information provided in the online NHSC Site Application.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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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: 04/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Lack of Behavioral Health Providers in Medicare and Medicaid Impedes Enrollees' Access to Care
Examines the availability of behavioral health providers who actively serve Medicare or Medicaid enrollees in 20 counties, 10 urban and 10 rural, across 10 states in 2021. Explores the extent to which traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid enrollees received behavioral health services and whether they used telehealth or in-person services. Offers recommendations to encourage more behavioral health providers to serve these enrollees and expand coverage to additional behavioral health provider types. Includes rural and urban comparisons throughout.
Additional links: Report Highlights
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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North Carolina Counties Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas
County-level map of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in North Carolina. Includes Primary Care, Mental/Behavioral Health, and Dental Care HPSAs.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Office of Rural Health
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North Carolina Mental Health - Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
County-level map of Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in North Carolina. Indicates counties containing at least one facility designated as an Automatic HPSA.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Office of Rural Health
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Kansas Center for Rural Health: Maternal Care Mapping Project
A recorded webinar describing a project that aims to map obstetric providers, facilities providing obstetric care, and mental health providers in Kansas. Provides data on 2021 live births and female residents per county.
Author(s): Karen Weis, Udana Urceo, Danielle Ast, Amy Garcia, Alexander Alsup
Date: 02/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Nursing Workforce Center
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2022 Indiana Behavioral Health Workforce Report Series: Behavioral Health And Human Services Professionals
Provides information on the Indiana behavioral health workforce, such as license types, demographics, employment and practice characteristics, populations served and services provided, and more. Includes data on addiction and mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Appendix provides county-level population to behavioral health workforce ratios.
Author(s): Yan Ge, Sierra Vaughn, Hannah Maxey
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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A Federally Qualified Health Center and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Partnership in Rural Missouri
Case study describing a medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) program partnership between a Federally Qualified Health Center and a certified community behavioral health clinic in rural southwest Missouri. Covers the infrastructure of the MOUD program, staffing and services, financing, and more. Highlights challenges and successes, as well as recommendations for other health centers interested in a similar partnership.
Author(s): Ashley Jasko, Meryl Schulman
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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