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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

Access to Autism Spectrum Disorder Services for Rural Appalachian Citizens
Summarizes the challenges of accessibility and affordability faced by residents of rural southwest Virginia as they seek services for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Highlights the effects of extreme poverty and the need for cultural sensitivity among service providers. Offers suggestions for policymakers and features demographic statistics on caregivers and providers.
Author(s): Angela Scarpa, Laura S. Jensen, Denis Gracanin, Sharon L. Ramey, Angela V. Dahiya
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 2(1), 25-40
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska Legislative Report FY 2018 & 2019
Provides an overview of the demographic and geographic characteristics of the behavioral health workforce in Nebraska. Discusses behavioral health workforce recruitment, education, funding, and retention strategies in the state. Compares the supply of behavioral health providers in Nebraska versus the national average, in addition to rural versus urban areas of Nebraska. Includes maps of provider locations, training locations, and integrated primary care/behavioral health care clinics across the state.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska
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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: 12/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Growth and Distribution of Child Psychiatrists in the United States: 2007-2016
Results of a study exploring trends in the growth and distribution of child psychiatrists in the United States from 2007-2016, noting differences in access in urban and rural areas. Includes statistics on the numbers of children and child psychiatrists in each state, and a county-level map showing the percent of change during the decade studied.
Author(s): Ryan K. McBain, Aaron Kofner, Bradley D. Stein, et al.
Citation: Pediatrics, 144(6)
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
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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: 11/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Behavioral Health Service Provision by Primary Care Physicians
Results of a 2019 survey of 313 physicians, examining physician medical specialty and practice characteristics, patient population characteristics, physician practices for screening and diagnosing patients for behavioral health disorders, and roles in managing patients with behavioral health disorders. Features statistics on various types of disorders, with breakdowns by rural and nonrural settings.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Angela J. Beck, Cory Page, Jessica Buche, Victoria Schoebel, Caitlyn Wayment
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Michigan Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center
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Georgia Physician Workforce Report: Based on 2017-2018 Licensure Renewal Data and New Licensees, Primary Care and Core Specialties
Measures and tracks trends in physician demographics, supply, and distribution, using data from January 2017 to December 2018. Features county-level maps and statistics for all Georgia physicians and those specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, general surgery, psychiatry, and emergency medicine, with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce
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Minnesota's Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) Workforce
Describes the licensed alcohol and drug counselor workforce in Minnesota. Covers demographic statistics, education, employment, and distribution of alcohol and drug counselors in urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated areas in Minnesota.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Provider Shortages and Limited Availability of Behavioral Health Services in New Mexico's Medicaid Managed Care
Examines the supply and distribution of behavioral health providers and prescribers across New Mexico, with a focus on services available to Medicaid managed care enrollees. Includes data for rural and frontier counties. Discusses rural broadband connectivity challenges that impact the use of telehealth to address access. Offers policy recommendations. Findings are likely to be relevant to behavioral healthcare access in other states' rural and frontier counties.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Virginia's Licensed Professional Counselor Workforce: 2019
An overview of the licensed professional counselor (LPC) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2019 Licensed Professional Counselor Survey. Features statistics including the number of LPCs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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