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Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Reports - 2019

The following workforce reports examine the geographic distribution and demographic characteristics of actively practicing behavioral health providers in Nebraska. The reports, available by profession and by region, used the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, and Health Professions Tracking Service (HPTS) database for the span of 2010-2018.

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Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce 2017 Report

Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce 2015 Report

Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce 2013 Report

Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce 2011 Report

Recruitment and Retention of Rural Behavioral Health Care Providers in Nebraska: Perception of Providers and Administrators

In order to build a behavioral health workforce that better meets the needs of Nebraska’s rural communities, we funded a series of focus groups for psychiatrists and psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Practitioners (LMHPs), and administrators in each of Nebraska’s four rural behavioral health regions. 

Rural and Remote Health: Recruitment and retention of mental health care providers in rural Nebraska: perceptions of providers and administrators

Nebraska’s Rural Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Distribution and Relationship Between Supply and County Characteristics (Abstract 2016)

Specific attention is needed to improve mental health outcomes in rural communities. Rural communities continue to have higher unmet mental health needs than their urban counterparts. Quantifying workforce supply and shortages can aid in identifying areas in need of the recruitment, training, licensure, and retention of behavioral health professionals. However, workforce analyses have presented a challenge as comprehensive workforce data are limited. This study examines the geographic distribution of behavioral healthcare professionals and the relationship between supply and county characteristics in Nebraska in 2012.

"A Critical Match" Nebraska Health Workforce Planning Project Final Report

In September 2007, with funding from the University of Nebraska Foundation Larson Medical Research Fund, the staff of the Nebraska Center for Rural Health Research undertook a health workforce planning project for Nebraska. The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy for meeting the health care workforce needs of Nebraska. The project was completed in four phases over two years.

An Action Plan for Behavioral Health Workforce Development - A Framework for Discussion 

Across all sectors of the behavioral health field, there has been growing concern about a workforce crisis. Concern about the crisis led to a multi-phased, cross-sector collaboration known as the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce. With support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this public-private partnership crafted An Action Plan for Behavioral Health Workforce Development. Created with input from a dozen expert panels, the action plan outlines seven core strategic goals.