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.

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2012-2013 Legislative Report documents BHECN's progress

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Update: 2012 Statewide Workforce Survey Report

All 6 Nebraska Behavioral Health Regions have now completed their workforce needs assessment surveys. Overview:

  • topics surveyed: recruitment, retention, telehealth, training needs, issues, etc.
  • audience surveyed: both network and private behavioral health care/service providers
  • representative quote: “The Region 3 BHECN Advisory Board determined that the first step in understanding the needs/interests of the behavioral health workforce was to survey providers to understand and develop training priorities. From the survey findings we then offered several trainings including Motivational Interviewing, Understanding Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy trainings.” – Kay Glidden, Assistant Regional Administrator
  • common themes statewide:
    1. Training needs: motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, compassion fatigue, etc.
    2. Staff attrition due to burnout, compassion fatigue and pay
    3. Requests for less restrictive reimbursement requirements

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The Nebraska Workforce Analysis Report August 2011

"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, 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 multiphased, 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.