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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health workforce

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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Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Provides a list of resources to support mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights resources for mental health professionals, community leaders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives, among other groups.
Date: 2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Suicide Prevention Resource Center
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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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Strengthening the Entry-Level HealthCare Workforce: Finding a Path
Examines gaps in the existing healthcare workforce, challenges facing entry-level healthcare workers (EHCW), current EHCW training programs and contexts where training programs are used effectively, and strategies and policy opportunities to strengthen the EHCW. Includes rural references throughout and case studies for programs in rural Alaska and Washington. Provides an interactive inventory of existing policies and programs that support EHCW training, recruitment, and retention.
Additional links: Entry-Level Health Care Workforce: Information and Programs Visualization Tool
Author(s): Shira H. Fischer, Ryan K. McBain, Laura J. Faherty, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, RAND Corporation
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The Arizona Behavioral Health Workforce
Brief reporting on behavioral health needs in Arizona, the distribution of workforce by profession, rural disparities in access to behavioral health providers.
Author(s): B Koch, S Coates, D Derksen
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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The Arizona Behavioral Health Workforce Report
Reports on the distribution of the behavioral health workforce in Arizona and access to behavioral healthcare, comparing rural and urban areas. Discusses prevalence of mental health disorders and substance misuse disorder and compares workforce data to behavioral health needs for the state. Offers county-level data on total providers by type, ratio of providers per 100,000 residents, and provider percentages by Rural Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) codes.
Author(s): B. Koch, S. Coates, B. Brady, J. Peters, D. Derksen
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Psychiatrist and Psychologist Experiences with Telehealth and Remote Collaborative Care in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study
Discusses delivery of mental health services to rural patients through telehealth referral and remote collaborative care based on focus group sessions with 10 telepsychiatrists and 4 telepsychologists working in primary care clinics in Washington, Michigan, and Arkansas. Summarizes participant experiences of challenges and successes with telehealth delivery models.
Author(s): Molly Howland, McKenna Tennant, Deborah J. Bowen, et al.
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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Using HRSA's Health Workforce Simulation Model to Estimate the Rural and Non-Rural Health Workforce
Describes the status of the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)'s ongoing projection improvements in deriving estimates of workforce supply and demand by rural, suburban, and urban areas. Features an overview of HRSA's Health Workforce Simulation Model and discusses approaches to incorporating rurality into HRSA's health workforce projections. Presents statistics on projections for supply and demand of general surgeons and psychiatrists, and offers a review of key assumptions, current modeling limitations, and future directions.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bureau of Health Workforce, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Demonstration Program: Report to Congress, 2019
Provides an overview of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration. Describes participating states' CCBHC activities including improved access to treatment and recovery support services, the range of services provided during the first year of the demonstration, how states have been reporting and utilizing required quality measures, and assess the costs to CCBHCs. This is the third of five annual reports to Congress on the CCBHC demonstration.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica Policy Research, RAND Corporation
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