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How Will Healthcare Reform Influence the Behavioral Workforce. Human Resources Committee Policy Paper. Overview: How Healthcare Reform will influence the Behavioral Workforce. Statement of Purpose Opportunities Challenges Recommendations. Statement of Purpose.
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Explore how the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare in healthcare reform will impact behavioral workforce development and deployment at the State and Federal level.
The MHSA WET component has been implemented and the focus has shifted to
the problem California’s economic crisis is causing in behavioral workforce.
Workforce problems have an impact on almost every aspect of prevention and
treatment across all sectors of the diverse behavioral health field. The issues
levels of demand with inadequate resources
In March 2010, President Obama signed into law two bills, the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health
Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 that together
enacted a large-scale comprehensive health reform of the U.S.
healthcare system, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The overall approach focuses on provisions to expand coverage,
control health care costs, and improve health care delivery system.
Healthcare reform proposed laws seek to improve
workforce training and development by
Healthcare reform includes several provisions for the
development of the behavioral health workforce:
The behavioral health workforce depends on a strong educational system capable
of producing a sufficient supply of future professionals. However, limited
educational capacity posses a major obstacle across workforce professions. The
following are some of the challenges in educational capacity Healthcare reform will
need to address:
In 2005, the University of California Health Sciences System analyzed the state’s
Health workforce and developed recommendations for the university system to
Managers within organizations that employ the
workforce are concern that recent graduates of
professional training programs
prevention and treatment approaches raises considerable alarm.
State professional boards oversee the licensure of health
professionals in each state, and states have struggled with the
impact of state-specific licensure on the workforce. In California,
the Department of Consumer Affairs oversees the Board of
Behavioral Sciences. Due to the budget crises, hiring constraints
are in place and the BBS is unable to fill vacancies, including
those occurring in the application evaluation and renewal
processing units. As such, the BBS is short of staff and unable to
process applications quickly with their existing resources.
Healthcare reform (HCR) has to do a lot more than what it intends
to do federally in order to have impact in California. Challenges are
not in alignment with opportunities provided. There is a disconnect
between what federal government wants HCR to accomplish and
reality of California will face trying to approach federal