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Steps Toward Implementing a National Behavioral Health Workforce Minimum Data Set

Accurate enumeration of behavioral health workforce supply and characteristics is important for workforce planning. Although numerous data sources exist for the behavioral health workforce, all have substantial data limitations and comparability across data sources is low. A behavioral health workforce Minimum Data Set (MDS) was developed in 2016 to improve data quality.

The purpose of this qualitative study is to determine the barriers and opportunities for implementing the behavioral health workforce MDS nationwide.

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This report was produced by the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center. For additional information and resources, visit: www.behavioralhealthworkforce.org