Building the professional workforce for community mental health continues to be a challenging public policy issue. Given the high demand for mental health and addiction treatment in Indiana, it becomes increasingly important our system has an appropriate supply of licensed and qualified professionals. Yet community mental health is challenged to respond to this increased demand as the supply of qualified professionals is not keeping up with the needs of Hoosiers. Based on an Indiana Council workforce survey, for every two positions open in community mental health center only one is filled. Consequently, CMHCs are staffing at 50% capacity. This statistic highlights the importance of addressing this issue to ensure Indiana citizens have access to their constitutional right to mental health treatment.
This conference will bring attention to these issues by providing ideas and strategies to address the mental health and addiction professional workforce shortage. Whether seeking improved reimbursement rates to attract more professionals through enhanced salaries, providing for enhanced student loan forgiveness programs, improving the licensing and accreditation processes by reducing administrative burdens at the IPLA and with managed care, or working with colleges and universities to improve educational curriculums, we need real solutions to the workforce challenges we face. Attend this conference to work towards an improved community mental health center system as we hear from national and state leaders who are working towards addressing the healthcare workforce shortage.
You may make your overnight room reservations by calling The Hampton Inn by Hilton Downtown Indianapolis at 317-261-1200 and refer to the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers room block or by using this link and using group code 'INC'.
Please make all reservations by JANUARY 24!
The Hampton Inn is offering our attendees an overnight room rate of $129, plus tax per night. Valet parking is available for $25 per night per vehicle.
Additional information is forthcoming and will udpated accordingly.
Please direct any conference questions to Denise DeLong, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-317-684-3684.