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Behavioral health is a component of overall health, involving the impact of behaviors like diet and exercise on an individual’s health. Behavioral health also refers to mental health and counseling services, as well as substance abuse and addiction prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.

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Authors: Nancy Baum | Jaque King

Topics: Behavioral Health, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Rural Health, Staffing

March 10, 2020
This report describes state incentives for behavioral health provider recruitment, particularly in rural areas.
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Authors: Lisa de Saxe Zerden | Brianna Lombardi | Erica Richman | Anjalee Sharma

Topics: Behavioral Health, Primary Care

March 3, 2020
This research brief assesses which professionals comprise the workforce that provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in primary care, how office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) teams communicate about patient care, and the behavioral components of MAT provided in primary care settings.
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Authors: Lisa de Saxe Zerden | Erica Richman | Brianna Lombardi | Kim Shoenbill | Erin Fraher

Topics: Behavioral Health, Data Analysis

February 27, 2020
This research brief demonstrates how electronic health records data can be used as a workforce research tool to assess the scope, contributions, and value of social work, a profession still in the process of establishing its return on investment in health care.
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Authors: Angela Beck | Cory Page | Jessica Buche | Maria Gaiser

Topics: Behavioral Health, Nursing, Staffing

January 22, 2020
This article examines 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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Authors: Cory Page | Amanda Mauri | Kyle Grazier | Jessica Buche | Maria Gaiser

Topics: Behavioral Health, Integration and Collaboration, Medicaid

January 16, 2020
This report helps to inform managers and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels of viable financing arrangements to promote these and future novel approaches to delivering high quality, accessible, sustained behavioral health care to communities and vulnerable populations.
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Authors: Amanda Mauri | Maria Gaiser | Jessica Buche | Angela Beck

Topics: Behavioral Health, Medicaid

January 7, 2020
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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Authors: Angela Beck | Cory Page | Jessica Buche | Victoria Schoebel | Caitlyn Wayment

Topics: Behavioral Health, Primary Care

December 19, 2019
This report helps to understand the level of preparedness of primary care providers to handle the behavioral health needs of their patients.
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Authors: Lynn Videka | Jodie Neale | Cory Page | Jessica Buche | Caitlyn Wayment | Maria Gaiser | Angela Beck

Topics: Behavioral Health, Medicaid

December 5, 2019
This report aims to understand the organizational settings and roles of peer providers in the behavioral health workforce and to build a profile of peer support specialists using statutes, administrative codes, state Medicaid plans, and national survey data.
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Authors: Xinxin Han | Leighton Ku

Topics: Behavioral Health, Community Health Centers, Rural Health

December 2, 2019
This article compares behavioral health care staffing and services in rural and urban community health centers.
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Authors: Dana Foney | Shannon Mace

Topics: Behavioral Health, Medicaid

November 7, 2019
This report examines factors that may influence access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and to substance use disorders (SUD) treatment services, including negative perceptions associated with SUD treatment, cultural norms, and Medicaid and other insurance coverage. It also examines state-specific initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic and SUDs.
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