Research to produce a workforce to meet the nation’s behavioral health needs
Nearly one-fifth of the adult US population is estimated to have a diagnosable mental illness. Mental and emotional well-being is essential to overall health, yet serious challenges exist in providing needed behavioral health care services to the population, and mental health disparities persist among minority and vulnerable populations.
Established in September 2015, the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center aims to strengthen the workforce responsible for prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders by conducting studies to inform workforce development and planning efforts. The Center is housed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and works with a national consortium of partners and experts in mental health, substance abuse, and health workforce research.
The Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center is engaged in several projects designed to improve data collection, estimate workforce size and composition, and assess practice activities for all workers involved in prevention and/or treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Center projects address 3 focus areas:
- Establishing a Minimum Data Set (MDS) for the behavioral health workforce
- Conducting studies on worker characteristics and practice settings
- Analyzing legal and professional scopes of practice
Learn more about the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center by visiting their website at www.behavioralhealthworkforce.org