Resources

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 Mental Health Tool Kits 
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 Resources (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.

SAMHSA's Knowledge Network The Knowledge Network provides a single, searchable pathway to SAMHSA’s online training and technical assistance content with the goal of improving the design and delivery of prevention, treatment, and recovery services.  This website will help you as grantees and behavioral health practitioners to more easily find specific tools and resources (such as webinars, white papers, fact sheets, trainings, and videos) that span SAMHSA’s broad behavioral health portfolio across many disciplines and online locations.

State Solutions in Workforce Webinars
SAMHSA developed a four-part webinar series, State Solutions in Workforce Series: Innovations In Developing Behavioral Health Workforce, in partnership with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), the Annapolis Coalition, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). The recorded webinars are available at the links below:

Part 1: State Solutions In Workforce: Innovations in Developing the Behavioral Health Workforce (Video | 59:22) BHECN and DHHS, Department of Behavioral Health, present innovative ideas around solving behavioral health provider shortages in Nebraska. (September 7, 2016)

Part II: State Solutions In Workforce Series: Innovations In Developing Behavioral Health Workforce (Part II) (Video | 52:23) In this presentation, Dr. Hoge from the Annapolis Coalition discusses the current behavioral health workforce transformation in the state of Connecticut. (January 25, 2017).

Part III: State Solutions in Workforce: Growing Alaska’s Future Behavioral Health Professionals (PART III) (Video | 49:02) Members of the Alaska Healthcare Workforce Coalition present their behavioral health workforce transformation throughout Alaska. (April 19, 2017).

Part IV: Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center: Projects Underway to Strengthen our Behavioral Health Workforce (Video | 57:23)(link is external) The University of Michigan presentes new and continuing projects through the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center. (June 29, 2016)