MCD Global Health was one of three awardees that received a three-year grant to expand behavioral health care services in rural Maine through education, training, and mentorship programs.
This initiative, known as the Rural Behavioral Health Workforce Center (RBHWC), will:
- Help bring new workers into the behavioral health workforce;
- Support early career staff to develop new skills and become eligible for additional certifications; and
- Offer clinical health providers opportunities to enhance their skill in treatment and intervention for behavioral health disorders, focusing on substance use disorder.
The goals include building a network of partners to implement training, mentorship programs, and recruitment for behavioral health providers in the selected rural areas, as well as assessing the needs and opportunities in the rural areas to inform future activities, among others.
To accomplish this, MCD is partnering with an array of leading organizations, training, and subject-matter experts who have received U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Federal Office of Rural Health Policy funds to address opiate use disorder and substance use disorder. These partners will engage with a broader group of stakeholders, and people who have experience with substance use disorder, to increase connections to existing career opportunities in behavioral health and the role everyone has in helping foster recovery-ready communities.
Proud to Partner With: Aroostook Mental Health Services Tri-County Mental Health Services; Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services Maine; Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine; Maine Area Health Education Centers; Maine Department of Health and Human Services; Maine Department of Labor; Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness; Eastern Maine Development Corporation; and Dr. Robert Drake, private consultant.