Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training Grant Webinar

This webinar featured two health workforce training experts who shared best practice strategies for approaching workforce training program evaluation, navigating evaluation success and challenges, and student training experiences. Their experiences along with viewer feedback will inform development of the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center’s evaluation resources for health workforce training programs across the country.ArrayJuly 10,…

Behavioral Health Workforce Challenges: Recruitment, Retention, and Work Environment

The behavioral health workforce faces considerable challenges, including demand for behavioral health services, changes to the health system under the Affordable Care Act, the return of war veterans with behavioral health needs, and a shift from incarceration to treatment-oriented behavioral health care in the criminal justice system. These changes place additional strain on the existing…

A Preliminary Analysis of State Scopes of Practice for Behavioral Health Professions

As demand for greater and more diverse behavioral health care services increases, expansion of occupational scopes of practice (SOPs) has been suggested as one mechanism for enhancing workforce capacity. SOPs that are uniform for a given occupation across states, and complementary across behavioral health occupations, may help ensure that a full range of mental health…

A Preliminary Analysis of State Scopes of Practice for the Profession of Social Work

Social work scopes of practice (SOPs) define the services and functions that are allowed by social workers. However, no studies have been conducted to assess the uniformity, or lack thereof, of the profession’s regulations across each state. As the need for social workers increases, the capacities of social workers will increase as well. This policy…

Behavioral Health Service Delivery for Vulnerable Populations

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…

National Assessment of Scopes of Practice for the Behavioral Health Workforce

The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act have increased demand for behavioral health workers and changed the way policy makers regulate behavioral health scope of practice (SOP) to benefit patient care. Expansion of occupational SOPs is a potential solution for addressing the demand for increased diversity of services. This…

Factors Impacting the Development of a Diverse Behavioral Health Workforce

Studies show that a diverse health workforce is important for ensuring patient satisfaction and meeting the needs of underserved populations. However, white providers continue to be overrepresented in the behavioral health workforce compared to the populations they serve. Developing a diverse behavioral health workforce can be challenging due to recruitment and retention issues as well…

Characterization of Marriage and Family Therapists

Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are a key component of behavioral health, but little is known about their job functions, practice settings, or demographic characteristics on a broad scale. This brief describes a pilot study that was conducted to test the effectiveness of a minimum data set (MDS) designed to collect MFT workforce data.ArrayBrief Arrayhttps://www.healthworkforceta.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/BHWRC_Characterization-of-Marriage-and-Family-Therapists_Policy-Brief-1.pdfDecember…

A Workforce Minimum Data Set for Social Workers

Social workers comprise the largest segment of the behavioral health workforce. As demand for behavioral health services continues to increase, more information about social workers and the development of better data collection methods will be needed. This brief describes a study that utilized a minimum data set (MDS) designed to collect data on social workers…

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