Behavioral Health Workforce - National Priorities
Nationally and regionally there exists a severe shortage of qualified mental health professionals needed to treat children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral health problems. Expanding the Behavioral Health Workforce with Psychiatric Mental Health NPs, was a grant under the direction of Ann Polcari, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC we just completed. It was designed to enhance the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Graduate Nursing program at Northeastern University to prepare advanced practice registered nurses who will provide culturally competent care to vulnerable children, adolescents, and transitioning young adults at risk for, or experiencing behavioral health problems, and their families. The Program has been enhanced and provides excellent pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health with our dedicated Program faculty and preceptors in the community.
Grant Duration 2014-2017
We have been meeting the growing need for behavioral health clinicians. During the course of this 3 year funding period, 57 Northeastern University, School of Nursing Graduates have joined the Behavioral Health Workforce to make a difference as PMH Nurse Practitioners. Due to this grant they received enhanced education and training to:
Provide behavioral health care in the local and regional communities.
Provide interprofessional care.
Provide integrated behavioral health with primary care.
Provide care responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, and health literacy.