Behavioral Health Service Provision by Primary Care Physicians

A large percentage of patients experiencing behavioral health issues seek help in primary care settings. Most are discharged without receiving behavioral health treatments. Furthermore, roughly half of all care for common psychiatric disorders is provided in primary care settings, and patients are often more open to discussing mental health concerns with their primary care physicians….

Coverage of Buprenorphine Medications that Treat Opioid Use Disorder by State Medicaid Programs

Buprenorphine is shown to be an effective medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. It promotes long-term recovery and decreases the risk of mortality. Although Medicaid programs largely cover buprenorphine products, many continue to apply prior authorization (PA) requirements. This report studies how state Medicaid programs apply PA requirements to buprenorphine products.ArrayReport Arrayhttps://www.healthworkforceta.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/BHWRC_Coverage-of-Buprenorphine-Medications.pdfFebruary 2,…

A Systematic Review of the Roles and Contributions of Peer Providers in the Behavioral Health Workforce

Behavioral health disorders have a wide range of treatments, however, recently there has been growing use of peer providers with lived experiences of mental health and substance use for the prevention and treatment of these disorders. Peers are effective providers of behavioral health treatment who encourage recovery through resilience building, empowerment, and self-advocacy. There remains…

Estimating Supply of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Providers

Many children with mental health issues in the United States do not receive necessary treatment due to a shortage of child psychologists. Existing research on the supply of child psychologists may not take into proper account the number of psychologists without a child and adolescent specialty credential that is needed to treat patients in this…

Behavioral Health Paraprofessional Accredidation Standards

Mental health paraprofessionals are important for helping to provide services, reduce costs, and address workforce shortages. Different subspecialities of paraprofessionals have different certification requirements that vary greatly by state and limit their scope of practice. This report describes a study that analyzed the data on requirements to become a certified behavioral health paraprofessional in each…

Provider and Client Perspectives on Telebehavioral Health

The use of telebehavioral health has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic with policymakers adjusting regulations to facilitate the delivery of telebehavioral health services. Given the increase in its use, more research is needed to understand the experiences of those receiving, delivering, and supporting telebehavioral health services. This report discusses a study that…

Assessing Behavioral Health Workforce Surge Needs Due to COVID-19

Studies have shown that the pandemic has increased the prevalence of mental health issues and the demand for behavioral health services. Telehealth services have also been expanded to help deal with the increased demand. To continue to improve workforce capacity and ensure that the current workforce is utilized appropriately, more research needs to be done…

Supporting Paraprofessionals and Strengthening Resilience Among Providers

Behavioral health paraprofessionals are essential for assisting in the treatment of patients, supporting clinicians, and helping sustain the behavioral health workforce as a whole. However, due to a number of factors, paraprofessionals experience high levels of turnover and burnout. This report describes a study that conducted a literature review as well as key informant interviews…

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