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Meeting the Challenge of Behavioral Health Care in Virginia

Meeting the Challenge of Behavioral Health Care in Virginia  -- a statewide report.

Every Virginia community needs quality behavioral health services to help individuals and families manage mental health conditions, substance use disorders, as well as intellectual and other developmental disabilities. These services are delivered by a range of health professionals working in diverse organizational settings. Community services are undergoing important changes in response to new developments in population health needs, public policy initiatives, and care model innovation. These changes have implications for health workforce development acorss multiple disciplines. In this document we explore:

  • Community service needs,
  • Community service providers,
  • Community service challenges,
  • Effots to improve access to behavioral health care,
  • Evolving models of behavioral health care,
  • New competencies for health professionals,
  • Implications for health workforce development in Virginia.

Read the full report here.

Interested in learning about behavioral health care in your region? Read our eight regional reports on meeting the challenge of behavioral health care at Facts About Virginia's Workforce.

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