The purpose of the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center Advisory Board is to secure regional expertise to guide the training and technical assistance (TA) efforts of the MPATTC. The valued knowledge of board members, as providers and leaders in the behavioral health field, will assist the Mountain Plains Staff in more effectively addressing workforce needs in the six state region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming).
The first Mountain Plains ATTC Advisory Board Meeting was held in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The Advisory Board is comprised of 32 individuals representing national, regional, state and local officials, private behavioral health providers, recovery organizations, tribal colleges, and state universities from the six-state region. Also in attendance were Region 8 HHS Regional Administrator Dr. Charles Smith (ex-officio) and Dennis Mohatt, Vice President for Behavioral Health of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Breakout sessions with Advisory Board members were used to gather information on training/TA and workforce development needs.
Three general themes were identified from the responses that are designated as priority needs: 1) importance of an integrated care focus; 2) expanded training and education on evidence-based practices; and 3) use of technology to enhance services. Following an afternoon panel discussion on workforce development, themes emerged in response to workforce development issues that included: 1) barriers to workforce development; 2) advancement of skills; and 3) recruitment and retention of professionals.
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