CHA News Article

Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center Releases New Studies

The Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center has released two studies to help inform workforce development and planning, as related to the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. The first study found that care integration appears to be most effectively implemented in organizations that foster a strong culture of collaboration, including employee engagement through orientation and training programs. Recognizing that a diverse workforce contributes to greater patient satisfaction, the second study seeks to identify organizational barriers to recruiting and retaining behavioral health workers representing racial, ethnic and sexuality minority groups. Specific factors include work location, organizational mission, job security and flexible work schedules affect recruitment and retention.