Topic: Help Wanted: Reshaping the Behavioral Health Workforce
The Affordable Care Act (2010) resulted in millions more people trying to access mental health and substance use services as one of the 10 essential health benefits included in all covered plans. The 2015 Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy discusses several potential solutions to address the gaps in the behavioral health workforce that have resulted from this surge in demand, along with the field's shift toward integrated care and population health. Key topics also include innovations in medical school education and the rise of "whole health" and the "culture of health" movements in workforce development.
Virginia Trotter Betts, MSN, JD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and Policy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Ronald Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
Lloyd Sederer, MD (Skype), Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health; Mental Health Editor, The Huffington Post
David Satcher, MD, PhD, Director, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine; Professor, Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry, Morehouse School of Medicine; Founding Director, National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine
Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, Co-Founder, The Carter Center; Chair, the Carter Center Mental Health Task Force
Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.
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