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The behavioral health workforce crisis is one of the most pressing challenges facing us today. The demand for mental health services has surged, yet the workforce shortage persists, resulting in unequal access to care and unmet demand. Communities and organizations throughout the country have identified challenges and devised innovative approaches to tackle the issue. Nonetheless, these strategies often lack coordination and dissemination, hindering their potential for widespread impact.
Over the past two years, The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and Health Management Associates have been working together to develop a new approach to addressing the workforce crisis. This approach is built upon a collective impact framework designed to unify stakeholders across sectors, leveraging existing recommendations and innovative solutions to tackle the crisis.
Key highlights of this webinar include:
- Understand the current landscape of efforts to address the workforce crisis;
- Explore the application of collective impact pillars to developing collaborative workforce solutions;
- Discuss six key workforce priorities to tackle via the collective impact framework;
- Provide your feedback on the approach;
- Learn more about the Center for Workforce Solutions; and
- Identify opportunities to engage in this collaborative opportunity.
Dr. Gina Lasky, PhD, MAPL, is a Managing Director for Behavioral Health at Health Management Associates (HMA). Dr. Lasky is a national expert in behavioral health strategy, policy, clinical design and operations and partnership development. Her career combines experience as a licensed psychologist with decades of experience in the public sector with a depth of system and policy design as well as expertise in cross- sector leadership. Working with states, counties, managed care plans and large providers across the country, her work focuses on behavioral health system design, payment and quality, program innovation and operations including workforce. She is passionate about effective implementation of behavioral health integration and supporting providers on quality improvement such as enhancing measurement- based care; bringing behavioral health services into the community; partnership development; and leveraging human centered design in behavioral health. Dr. Lasky earned her master’s and doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in public leadership with a specialization in multi-sector management from George Washington University.
Brie Reimann, is Vice President of Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of 3,200 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. In her role she provides department leadership over 30+ practice improvement initiatives that aim to improve access to and quality of care for individuals living with mental illness and substance use concerns. She is a passionate change leader who believes that all individuals and families should have equitable access to quality health care services.
Holly Salazar, MPH, is Chief Executive Officer of The College for Behavioral Health Leadership (CBHL), a leadership organization supporting current and emerging cross-sector leaders with learned and lived experience to collectively advance behavioral health in North America. Holly has worked for more than 15 years in public and community health roles in community-based, non-profit, health care, and local government organizations. An experienced systems leader, Holly engages with cross-sector leaders to form strong partnerships and create transformative change. Holly believes in the power of true collaboration and leveraging collective talents to solve problems.
Rachel Kessler, MSW, has over eight years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. She began her career providing community-based wraparound mental health services for youth and families involved in the child welfare system and moved into human service roles within local government. Since joining the National Council in 2020, Kessler has engaged in diverse initiatives from business development, stakeholder engagement, research, and has launched national workforce projects with a key focus on meaningful collaboration. Kessler holds a Master of Social Welfare (MSW) from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human development from California State University, Long Beach.