Needs Assessment for Behavioral Health Workforce: a State-Level Analysis

Needs Assessment for Behavioral Health Workforce: a State-Level Analysis This study describes trends in the supply and the need for behavioral health professionals in Nebraska. A state-level health workforce database was used to estimate the behavioral health workforce supply and need. Compared with national estimates, Nebraska has a lower proportion of all categories of behavioral health professionals. The majority of Nebraska counties have unusually high needs for mental health professionals, with rural areas experiencing a decline in the supply of psychiatrists over the last decade. Availability of robust state-level health workforce data can assist in crafting effective policy for successful systems change, particularly for behavioral health. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research Springer Journals

Needs Assessment for Behavioral Health Workforce: a State-Level Analysis

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by National Council for Behavioral Health
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Health Psychology; Community and Environmental Psychology; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Health Informatics; Psychiatry
ISSN
1094-3412
eISSN
1556-3308
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11414-016-9500-4
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Abstract

This study describes trends in the supply and the need for behavioral health professionals in Nebraska. A state-level health workforce database was used to estimate the behavioral health workforce supply and need. Compared with national estimates, Nebraska has a lower proportion of all categories of behavioral health professionals. The majority of Nebraska counties have unusually high needs for mental health professionals, with rural areas experiencing a decline in the supply of psychiatrists over the last decade. Availability of robust state-level health workforce data can assist in crafting effective policy for successful systems change, particularly for behavioral health.

Journal

The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & ResearchSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 2, 2016

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