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Health Agencies Update
November 26, 2014

Funds Seek to Boost Behavioral Health Care Workforce

JAMA. 2014;312(20):2082. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15839

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is allocating funds to increase the capacity of the nation’s behavioral health care workforce. The agency awarded up to $41 million in funding for programs that will help provide behavioral health training to experts.

“Behavioral health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and counselors are often the lynchpins in ensuring that everyone receives needed help for mental and/or substance use disorders,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, JD, said in a statement. “SAMHSA’s programs complement those of other federal and academic programs that develop a vibrant, well-educated behavioral health workforce.”

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