Slide Deck: How State Policies Support the Behavioral Health Workforce


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Join us to learn how state legislatures can create and implement policy solutions to positively impact the behavioral health workforce. This webinar will describe how to leverage policy solutions to recruit, train, and retain the behavioral health workforce, as exemplified by the creation of BHECN in the Nebraska state legislature in 2009. Information will be shared on how legislative bills have supported student internships across Nebraska, including correctional facility settings. In addition, we will explore how annual policy forums amongst numerous policy stakeholders can make a difference in the legislative process.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how a state legislature can be a partner in addressing behavioral health workforce shortages. 
  • Discuss how policy solutions can help leverage training opportunities for behavioral health students.
  • Describe how to engage legislators and other behavioral health stakeholders to create and implement behavioral health workforce policy solutions.




Erin Schneider, MSW

Erin Schneider

Erin Schneider joined BHECN in June of 2020, as the new Outreach Coordinator. Erin will be working with the leadership team to evaluate, develop, and promote BHECN's outreach plan to the behavioral health workforce.

Erin has 12 years of experience in social work and behavioral health, a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Drake University, and a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas.

Erin's combined experience in workforce development and behavioral health is an excellent fit for the BHECN outreach coordinator position. 


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