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Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Boosting the Behavioral Health Care Workforce

January 29, 2019 | Workforce | Comments
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Cuts in funding, stagnant reimbursement rates and regulations make it difficult for behavioral health care providers to sustain an adequate workforce and keep their doors open. As the demand for behavioral health services increases, so does the need to recruit and retain health care practitioners and staff. Here are four ways the National Council is helping our members strengthen their workforce and chart a course toward success:

  1. Introducing a New Standard of Care: A new standard of care – Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) – is bridging the gap of unmet need for addiction and mental health care. A designation that enables providers to expand access to community-based treatment, CCBHCs create a sustainable federal investment in the mental health and addiction infrastructure. CCBHCs are a new provider type in Medicaid that provide integrated mental health, addiction and primary care services, filling the gap in many communities and allowing them to adopt same-day access, improve treatment services and hire staff.
  2. Advocating for Industry Growth: Through our advocacy program, we are helping to pass legislation that makes it easier for providers to recruit and retain an adequate workforce. From helping providers in workforce shortage areas offer student loan forgiveness to introducing a loan repayment program for treatment providers, we are leading the legislative charge to boost the workforce.
  3. Helping Employees Learn and Grow: Finding success in a value-based, outcomes-oriented health care system requires an investment in leadership and a commitment to practice improvement. Throughout the year, we provide a variety of leadership trainings designed to help employees learn, grow and lead, ultimately resulting in improved health outcomes. From our Middle Management Academy to our Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program, we are helping leaders take their organizations into the future.
  4. Partnering for Productivity: Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Together with our Strategic Partners, we are equipping providers with the tools and resources they need to support their workforce and enable organizational growth. From addressing clinician shortages through telepsychiatry, hosting online trainings and offering consulting for transformational change to strengthening payroll platforms, delivering wellness resources and providing insurance and risk management support, our investment in providers and their employees is far-reaching.

Every day, across the nation, we are enabling providers to hire new staff, increase the number of people they serve and educate their employees. Explore our tools, programs, trainings and services.

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