Behavioral Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has gathered a comprehensive Behavioral Health Recruitment & Retention Toolkit. The toolkit strategies include: building a plan, recruitment, selection, orientation/onboarding, supervision, recognition, training, career development, and staff support.
HHSC contracted providers can request free consultation and technical assistance about behavioral health workforce issues. Contact Kathleen Manuel, MPH, Statewide Behavioral Health Workforce Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HHSC Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.
Voices of Recovery Video Series: A series of 24 vignettes of clients and family members, the videos share inspiring and informative recovery stories focusing on different topics. A manual is also available to help use the videos in treatment and training.
Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 116, Training Course on Human Trafficking Prevention, which requires a health care practitioner to successfully complete an HHSC-approved Human Trafficking Prevention training course as a condition for renewal of a license on or after September 1, 2020. Information about the HHS-Approved Human Trafficking Course is available on HHSC’s Health Care Practitioner Human Trafficking Training webpage.
Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
HHSC encourages all providers to complete: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).
SBIRT is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing theses isorders. The core components of SBIRT include:
Screening quickly to assess severity of substance use and identify the appropriate level of treatment;
Conducting a brief intervention that focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation towards behavioral change; and
Providing treatment referrals to individuals identified as needing, more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.
There are various free online trainings available.
Ex: 4 Hour Free SBIRT Training through Pacific Southwest ATTC eLearning. You must create a free eLearning account to complete the training. http://psattcelearn.org/courses/4hr_sbirt/Note: Disregard the information about California rules/state plan.
The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center offers two Online Courses that train case managers to assist individuals to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). https://soarworks.prainc.com/content/soar-online-course-catalog
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