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Ohio Behavioral Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention Learning Collaborative

Publication Date: Mar 15, 2019


Informational Webinar, March 28, 2019 
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Orientation Conference Call April 29, 2019
Noon-1:00pm EDT
Call-in Information: 1-855-947-8255
Passcode:                8883 919#

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Recruiting and retaining a workforce is a major challenge for many organizations that provide mental health and addiction services. Vacant positions are common. Organization-wide turnover rates have been reported as high as 50% per year. Finding and keeping specific types of workers, such as prescribers, can be particularly challenging. High vacancy and turnover rates are costly to organizations, place a burden on existing employees, and decrease access to care and quality of care for individuals in need.  

Ohio Behavioral Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention Learning Collaborative

To assist behavioral health organizations in addressing their recruitment and retention challenges, the Great Lakes ATTC and MHTTC are offering technical assistance through a three-month Learning Collaborative. Space is available for 10 organizations to participate.

Organizations that apply and are selected to participate will each create a small Change Management Team for this initiative. All teams will participate in a one-day meeting of the Learning Collaborative and receive: 

(1) information on best practices in recruitment and retention, 

(2) technical assistance on developing a recruitment and retention plan for their organizations, and 

(3) guidance on managing the change process in their organizations. 

After the meeting, teams will return to their organizations to develop their recruitment and retention plans, and then implement their plans with ongoing technical assistance from the Learning Collaborative leader, delivered through a series of three 90-minute teleconference calls. 

Learning Collaborative Dates

Informational Webinar:                          March 28, 2019, 12:00 noon EDT
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Application Deadline:                            April 19, 2019
Download the application

One-day face-to-face meeting:              May 16, 2019

Ongoing Technical Assistance:             June – November, 2019               


There is no fee for organizations to participate in the Learning Collaborative. Organizations are responsible for covering the cost of travel for their teams to attend a one-day meeting in the Columbus, Ohio metro area.

The Sponsors 

The Ohio Recruitment and Retention Learning Collaborative is sponsored by the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center) and the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, the state’s behavioral health agency.

The Learning Collaborative is designed and managed by The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce, one of the nation’s leading technical assistance organizations focused on mental health and substance use workforce issues.

Learning Collaborative Leader

The Learning Collaborative will be led by Michael Hoge, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and Senior Science & Policy Advisor of the Annapolis Coalition. Dr. Hoge, a clinical psychologist, is a founding member of the Annapolis Coalition and a noted expert on workforce issues. His workforce expertise is drawn, in part, from 30 years of managing a broad array of publicly-funded behavioral health services for adults and adolescents in Connecticut.

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Dr. Michael Hoge 








Informational Webinar: Thursday, March 28, 12 noon EDT 

Participation in the webinar is encouraged but not required to apply.

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For More Information

Contact Alfredo Cerrato at