Rivier University Announces Center for Behavioral Health Workforce Development

The Center’s leadership team.

With a broad array of graduate programs in nursing and the health professions, Rivier University is uniquely positioned to serve as a primary conduit for behavioral health workforce development in the region – Rivier President Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM

Rivier University announces the creation of The Center for Behavioral Health Professions and Workforce Development. The Center is an initiative in response to the increasing demand for professionals in fields of behavioral health and substance use disorder. The goal of The Center is to partner with the region’s healthcare providers in ensuring an adequately trained workforce ready to meet the demands of regional healthcare, social service providers, schools and governmental agencies.

Encompassing the University’s extensive graduate programs in counseling, school counseling, school psychology, clinical mental health counseling, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and public health, in addition to an MBA in healthcare administration, The Center seeks to create partnerships and pathways to professional degrees and licensure requirements.

“In New Hampshire and throughout New England, there is a significant shortage of trained behavioral health professionals,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “In many medically underserved communities (MUCs), the need is dire and the demand for these professionals is growing. The situation calls for a comprehensive, cooperative approach that begins with education and training to meet the needs of medical and behavioral health treatment providers.”

Rivier University was recently awarded a $1.095 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving rural and MUCs across New Hampshire. “Focusing on psychiatric nurse practitioners in their last semester of clinical training, the grant will support the integration of behavioral health and primary care; cultural diversity in the workforce; interdisciplinary and interprofessional training; and the expansion of clinical training opportunities, especially in medically underserved…

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