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The Behavioral Health Workforce in Rural America: Developing a National Recruitment Strategy

Date: 03/10/2020Authors: Nancy Baum, Jaque KingResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Behavioral Health, Career Pathways

This report describes state incentives for behavioral health provider recruitment, particularly in rural areas.

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Health Workforce Training Program Evaluation Toolkit

Date: 02/03/2020Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Training

The Health Workforce Training Program Evaluation Toolkit is a comprehensive “program evaluation 101” resource for both new and established programs seeking to learn new evaluation strategies.

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The Distribution of Advanced Practice Nurses Within the Psychiatric Workforce

Date: 01/22/2020Authors: Angela J Beck, Cory Page, Jessica Buche, Maria GaiserResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Behavioral Health, Nursing

The purpose of this study is to examine the size and distribution of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse workforce relative to the total psychiatry workforce to determine whether nurses are predominantly working in areas with higher or lower levels of behavioral health specialists.

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Behavioral Health Provider Geographic Distribution and Reimbursement Inequities

Date: 01/07/2020Authors: Amanda Mauri, Maria Gaiser, Jessica Buche, Angela J BeckResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Behavioral Health, Medicaid

This cross-sectional study examines the relationship between reimbursement and behavioral health provider geographic distribution and seeks to understand how Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for behavioral health providers may limit service delivery.

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Behavioral Health Service Provision by Primary Care Physicians

Date: 12/19/2019Authors: Angela Beck, Cory Page, Jessica Buche, Victoria Schoebel, Caitlyn WaymentResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health, Primary Care

This project seeks to understand which behavioral health services primary care physicians currently provide for their clients and how often they do so.

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Factors That Influence Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

Date: 11/07/2019Authors: Dana Foney, Shannon MaceResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health, Medicaid

This study examines factors that may influence access to MAT and to SUD treatment services, including negative perceptions associated with SUD treatment, cultural norms, and Medicaid and other insurance coverage. The study also examines state-specific initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic and SUDs.

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Workforce and Service Delivery Trends

Date: 11/01/2019Authors: Dana Foney, Shannon Mace, Adriano BoccaneliResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Community Health Center, Behavioral Health

To better understand behavioral health workforce factors and service delivery within Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, this mixed methods study helps inform policy makers and discusses future practice recommendations.

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Estimating the Distribution of the US Psychiatrist Subspecialist Workforce

Date: 12/01/2018Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health

This study sought to map the precise amount of psychiatrists, child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs), geriatric psychiatrists (GPs), and addiction psychiatrists (APs) per county, and to test whether the proportion of these providers varied significantly between urban and rural areas.

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Behavioral Health Services in School-Based Settings

Date: 12/01/2018Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health

The research team conducted the study to determine common characteristics of schools and populations utilizing behavioral health services, funding sources for behavioral health in schools, types of behavioral health services offered and common characteristics of the workforce, and barriers to service delivery.

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Steps Toward Implementing a National Behavioral Health Workforce Minimum Data Set

Date: 12/01/2018Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health

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

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