Just Released: Report Addressing Workforce Challenges in NH Community Mental Health Centers

NH Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development NetworkThe NH Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network recently released a report looking at the workforce challenges in NH’s Community Mental Health Centers.
September 12, 2016

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The NH Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network recently released a report looking at the workforce challenges in NH’s Community Mental Health Centers.

The report, Improving Child & Community Health: Addressing Workforce Challenges in Our Community Mental Health Centers examined the characteristics of the children’s mental health workforce, the impact of staff turnover, and the perspectives of the workforce on successful strategies. The study resulted in the following three core findings:

  • CMHCs face serious challenges in providing reliable and effective care to children because of significant staff turnover serving this population;
  • Respondents note that low wages and excessive paperwork burdens are primary drivers of low satisfaction among staff;
  • An array of potential solutions are available, both financial and management-based, that can help to improve staff retention and improve the care received by children living with mental illness.

You can download the full report on the IOD’s website.

The NH Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network is a collaboration of groups across the state working to improve the services, supports, and systems for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire has been a part of the network since its inception.

 

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Its mission is to promote full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students.