The 2012 Institute of Medicine Report, The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce: In Whose Hands, noted that the national mental and behavioral health care workforce is ill-equipped—in numbers, knowledge, and skills—to care for a rapidly aging and increasingly diverse population. The Health Resources and Services Administration has projected the supply of workers in selected behavioral health professions to be approximately 250,000 workers short of the projected demand in 2025. The problem is most acute in rural areas. This webinar will look at new and increased efforts to improve recruitment for and training capacity in many mental health disciplines. In addition, we’ll explore the use of tele-behavioral health programs and policy initiatives such as funding the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program.
Presenter: Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D.
Presenter bio: Dr. Manderscheid is the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and the National Association for Rural Mental Health.