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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2005 May-Jul;32(5-6):651-63.

Report of recommendations: the Annapolis Coalition Conference on Behavioral Health Work Force Competencies.

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Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06519, USA.


In May 2004, the Annapolis Coalition on Behavioral Health Workforce Education convened a national meeting on the identification and assessment of competencies. The Conference on Behavioral Health Workforce Competencies brought leading consumer and family advocates together with other experts on competencies from diverse disciplines and specialties in the fields of both mental health care and substance use disorders treatment. Aided by experts on competency development in business and medicine, conference participants have generated 10 consensus recommendations to guide the future development of workforce competencies in behavioral health. This article outlines those recommendations. A collaborative effort to identify a set of core or common competencies is envisioned as a key strategy for advancing behavioral health education, training, and other workforce development initiatives.

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