A Guide to Workforce Innovation
Edited by Bill Schmelter, PhD
Mitchell Durham, PhD, Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center
Michael Flora, MBA, MAEd., Ben Gordon Center
Christy Hooper, PHR, Centerstone
Alan Mabry, PhD, Core Behavioral Health Centers
Sandra A. Mlinarcik, PhD, Seven Counties Services, Inc.
Michael Parker, SPHR, GPHR, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
The workforce crisis brewing in the behavioral health industry has not gone unnoticed. Yet, as a whole, the mental health field seems to be moving slowly to address the crisis. Some behavioral health providers believe that the factors contributing to the shrinking pool of trained staff are beyond their control (e.g., insufficient budgets to pay competitive salaries, top-notch students steered away from behavioral health careers). The good news is that there are ways to rise above these workforce challenges and find competent staff to help your organization thrive.
This book is a compilation of best practices that focus on workforce issues, such as staff recruitment, retention, performance, satisfaction, and leadership development. The contributors are executives of behavioral health organizations from across the country that have implemented innovative workforce strategies and achieved noteworthy success. In each chapter, they give an honest and detailed account of their efforts (including their stumbles) as they address one of our industry’s greatest struggles.
The book describes feature financial compensation incentives designed to enhance quality and productivity of staff as well as alternative approaches to develop your workforce. The authors provide detailed roadmaps for their change initiatives to guide those interested in replicating their efforts.
Table of Contents
Creating a Team for Optimal Performance
Peer Group Driven Plan for Improving Recruitment, Retention, and Satisfaction
Rewarding Performance: A Performance-Based Compensation Program
An Emotional Intelligence-Based Leadership Development Program: Improving Bench Strength
SPEAK for the Heart of the Matter: Effective Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Direct Support Professionals
Behavioral Health Employment Branding