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.
Panel I – CURRENT ISSUES IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE POLICY
Alex Ross, ScD; Senior Advisor for Behavioral Health, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP; Director, Division of Behavioral Health, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Paul Force-Emery Mackie, PhD, LISW; Professor and University Assessment Coordinator, Minnesota State University, Mankato; President, National Association for Rural Mental Health
Andrew Cummings, MA; Consultant, Casey Family Programs
Angela Beck, PhD, MPH; Director, Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Q & A
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