Strengthening Colorado's Current and Future Behavioral Health Workforce to Meet the Diverse Needs and Backgrounds of the State's Growing Population

Strengthening Colorado's Current and Future Behavioral Health Workforce to Meet the Diverse Needs and Backgrounds of the State's Growing Population

Jun 14, 2022 by PR Newswire

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  • Colorado Access Tackles Challenges Faced by Behavioral Health Providers With Funding, Reimbursement Increases, Incentive Programs and Specialty Trainings , /PRNewswire/ -- In Colorado and nationwide, the behavioral health workforce faces staffing shortages, lacks cultural and linguistic diversity and isn't always in a position to offer culturally responsive care to meet the needs of patients.
  • Recognizing the need for a provider workforce that is more reflective of the membership they serve, Colorado Access is working with local higher education institutions and counseling services, like MSU Denver and Maria Droste Counseling Center, to increase the diversity of those entering into the behavioral health field.
  • This has ranged from funding full-time therapist positions within partner organizations that serve a diverse population, to increasing fees for reimbursement of behavioral health services paid back to the provider, and increasing access to therapy services (the need for which has increased significantly due to the pandemic) to be rendered by pre-licensed clinicians.
  • Colorado Access recently developed a cultural training series to introduce providers and social workers to some cultural nuances that can be seen in refugee populations as a way to improve quality of care to a growing diverse community.

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