American Academy of Child Psychiatrists
"There is a dearth of child psychiatrists...Furthermore, many barriers remain that prevent children, teenagers, and their parents from seeking help from the small number of specially trained professionals... This places a burden on pediatricians, family physicians, and other gatekeepers to identify children for referral and treatment decisions." from Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, 1999)
Annapolis Coalition Behavioral Workforce
The Annapolis Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the recruitment, retention, training, and performance of the prevention and treatment workforce in the mental health and addictions sectors of the behavioral health field.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI works to accelerate improvement by building the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care, and helping health care systems put those ideas into action.
University of Nebraska Public Policy Center
The Public Policy Center was established in 1998 by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. Although the Center is a University-wide unit, it resides institutionally within the UNL Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Center's faculty and staff partner with policymakers, appointed officials, other members of the public sector, the private sector, and residents to develop and evaluate public policy options. The Center has worked with small town officials, state policymakers, federal agency leaders, and consumers and families. In each instance, the Center brings commitment to collaborative process and outcome.
SAMHSA's Consumer-Directed Transformation to a Recovery-Based Mental Health System (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-SAMHSA)
This paper provides an outline of how consumers/survivors can catalyze a transformation of the mental health system from one based on an institutional culture of control and exclusion to one based on a recovery culture of self-determination and community participation.
SAMHSA's Mental Health Tool Kits (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provide five Evidence-Based Practice KITs (Knowledge Informing Transformation) to promote the use of evidence-based practices in mental health. The KITs were developed as one of several SAMHSA/CMHS activities critical to its science-to-services strategy.
SAMHSA Plan on Workforce Development (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-SAMHSA)
Across the nation, there is a high degree of concern about the current state and future direction of the workforce for preventing and treating mental health and substance use disorders. Despite these concerns, the many dedicated members of the current "behavioral health" workforce, and the pockets of innovative training, recruitment and retention activities that are beginning to emerge, are reasons for optimism that together we can build more comprehensive and systemic solutions to present workforce dilemmas.