The Training Gap: An Acute Crisis in Behavioral Health Education

  • Michael A. Hoge

DOI: 10.1023/A:1019644821468

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Hoge, M.A. Adm Policy Ment Health (2002) 29: 305. doi:10.1023/A:1019644821468


Changes in health care have outpaced changes in the educational programs offered to the behavioral health workforce. The result is a training gap that leaves graduate students, working professionals, and other direct care providers inadequately prepared for practice in the current health care environment. This article is based on a keynote address delivered at the Annapolis Conference on Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training. Major changes in health care are reviewed, followed by a description of the training gap as an acute crisis that impedes the delivery of effective and efficient mental health and addiction services. The author describes a national initiative to narrow the training gap and he calls for collective action by the varied groups and organizations that have a stake in this agenda.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Hoge
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew Haven
  2. 2.Yale Behavioral HealthUSA
  3. 3.Academic Behavioral Health ConsortiumUSA