Workforce Development

Managing Peer Support Employees Experiencing Mental Health Crisis

For any organization, recruiting, managing and retaining qualified professional staff is an essential part of doing business. For consumer mental health organizations, taking care of their employees while providing quality services to the community is an even more complex challenge. Not only must organizations ensure that the supports and services their employees provide are of …

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A Focus on The Mental Health Workforce Crisis

As last year’s SAMHSA report to Congress on the nation’s substance abuse and mental health workforce noted, the demand for behavioral health services in the US exceeds what is available. With expanded access to care through the Affordable Care Act and new Mental Health Parity rules, that demand will only increase in coming years, and …

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Focus: Behavioral Health Leads the Way in Changing the Accreditation Process

What is “accreditation” and why does it matter? “Accreditation” is the process whereby a health care provider obtains impartial, outside approval for the manner in which it provides services. Traditionally, the accreditation process has involved outside experts looking closely at health care providers, their staffs, their internal processes, and other measurable factors. Rarely has accreditation …

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A Focus on the Debate Over Community Care and Compulsory Treatment

One of the long-standing debates in the discussion about how to best meet the needs of people with serious mental illness centers around the issue of whether treating people in the community is the best course, or if in-patient treatment is the better choice for society. For people in the recovery community, the value of …

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CAFE TAC Presents: Advocating for Peer Specialist Positions

The CAFE TA Center is pleased to announce its newest online training, Workforce Development: Advocating for Peer Support Specialist Positions. Within the mental health community, the value of peer specialists and their ability to connect with others by virtue of their combination of lived experience and expertise is relatively well-known. However, among funders, providers and …

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Veterans in the Mental Health Workforce

With conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan coming to an end, our country is experiencing an influx of veterans. Sadly, suicide among veterans is an epidemic, and many suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. At the same time, unemployment among veterans is also a pressing issue. In a new Focus newsletter, “Expanding the Role of Veterans …

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Workforce Development: Addressing Stigma in the Workforce

In many ways, modern American life is defined by work. Most people agree that being part of the workforce is valuable, not just because of the obvious benefits like compensation, but also because of the sense of purpose and self-worth that accompany employment. For individuals with mental health needs, having a job can be especially …

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Workforce Development: Consumer Organization Opportunities

The latest edition of The CAFE TA Center’s Focus newsletter examines the roles that consumer organizations can play in shaping the behavioral health workforce. Organizations have a multitude of opportunities to participate in and influence workforce development within the public and private mental health arenas. As the Affordable Care Act is rolled out, organizations will …

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The State of the Behavioral Health Workforce

This month’s edition of the Focus newsletter examines the state of the behavioral health workforce. Despite the need for behavioral health services growing nationwide, the numbers of those that serve the behavioral health population has not grown to match. The behavioral health workforce also fails to match the diversity and geographic scope of those it …

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