Behavioral Health Service Delivery for Vulnerable Populations

Authors: Jessica Buche, MPH, MA | Angela Beck, PhD, MPH | Cory Page, MPH, MPP | Phillip Singer, MHSA | Brad Casemore, MHSA, LMSW, FACHE | Dawn Nelson, MS

Topics: Behavioral Health, Workforce Supply

Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center

November 1, 2016

The provision of care for rural and geographically isolated, vulnerable populations presents substantial challenges for the behavioral health workforce related to its supply and retention of clinicians. This issue is a barrier to providing accessible services to those most in need.

This policy brief assesses behavioral health workforce supply and need, barriers to recruiting and retaining care providers, and the extent to which care coordination occurs within care providers serving underserved, rural populations in Michigan.

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