Paraprofessionals are an essential component of the behavioral health workforce, helping to fill gaps in the delivery of care. These providers have varied training and roles, and include: community health workers, peer support counselors, behavioral health technicians, outreach workers, social services aides, substance abuse/addiction workers, mental health workers, promotoras de salud and youth workers. The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET) has supported programs that train and offer certificates to paraprofessionals working in behavioral health, especially in rural or underserved communities, where from 2014-2019 nearly 5,000 paraprofessionals were trained through BHWET programs.
As paraprofessionals are integrated into behavioral health delivery systems they provide needed access to behavioral health services. The aim of this study is to identify the role of paraprofessionals in the delivery of behavioral health services via the identification of relevant case studies and interviews with academics, paraprofessionals, directors of behavioral health programs, and/or other experts in the growing roles of paraprofessionals in the delivery of behavioral health services.
Coming in 2021