BHECN Receives Annapolis Coalition Award

BHECN was honored to receive this award from the Annapolis Coalition.

BHECN was honored to receive this award from the Annapolis Coalition.

 

In a letter from Gail Stuart, President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Annapolis Coalition she wrote:

 

Dear Dr. Howard Liu,

The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving behavioral health care by strengthening the mental health and addiction workforce. Periodically, the Coalition recognizes particularly noteworthy efforts by other organizations to address a workforce problem in this field.

I am writing to inform you that the Board of Directors of the Annapolis Coalition has unanimously voted to bestow its Innovation Award on the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska {BHECN) in recognition of the outstanding work you have done to address the behavioral health workforce needs in Nebraska.

In reviewing candidates for this Innovation Award the Annapolis Coalition Board uses criteria developed by the Board itself and the Innovation in Government Award criteria developed by the Harvard Kennedy School. These criteria include measuring the innovation significance, novelty, transferability, effectiveness and sustainability.

In reviewing BHECN's nomination we noted the innovative leadership you have provided in many areas: creating behavioral health regional education and training sites; developing innovative strategies to deliver behavioral telehealth and integrated care training; establishing leadership in interprofessional behavioral health training, curriculum development and outcomes research; and providing funding for behavioral health trainees across disciplines. Particularly noteworthy is your effort in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating behavioral health workforce data, including monitoring workforce trends and identifying priorities for future workforce development by gathering data to inform workforce best practices. The multiple reports and dashboard maps that you have created and that are on your website attest to the work you have done to identify shortage areas and then target resources to train, recruit and retain behavioral health providers to meet the needs of the citizens of Nebraska.

We sincerely hope you continue your innovative efforts to strengthen behavioral workforce development. Our organization will highlight this and your further work to others so that they might consider emulating your efforts in this area. Your engraved award will be shipped to your attention in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your leadership and your support of efforts to grow and develop the behavioral workforce in your state.

We sincerely hope you continue your innovative efforts to strengthen behavioral workforce development. Our organization will highlight this and your further work to others so that they might consider emulating your efforts in this area. Your engraved award will be shipped to your attention in the coming weeks.

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Thank you for your leadership and your support of efforts to grow and develop the behavioral workforce in your state.

Sincerely,

Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN
President/Chair of Board of Directors
The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce

 

See the original letter here.
 

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