PCMH Honored for Innovation

Thursday, February 01, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

 The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce has selected Southern New Hampshire University’s Graduate Program in Community Mental Health as an “Innovative Practice in Workforce Development” to be highlighted in its Registry of Innovative Practices.

The program has been awarded recognition by expert panels convened to identify best practices in work force education under the following five categories: consumer and family/adult mental health, child/adolescent and school-based mental health, leadership, rural mental health, and substance use disorders treatment and persons in recovery.

“It is truly the combined knowledge and experience of our faculty, students and alumni that keeps the program innovative and relevant,” said Dr. Annamarie Cioffari, PCMH program director. “We are excited to be recognized for our efforts to provide high quality education, to improve the quality of the behavioral health work force and promote best practices for recovery.”

The mission of PCMH is to increase the preparation, recruitment and retention of staff in the behavioral health work force, to develop leaders in the field, to promote improved service outcomes for children and families and adults of all ages, and to increase the number of family members and people in recovery working in the field. The program has more than 400 master’s degree program graduates, 170 master’s degree students as well as students completing certificates and other course work.

The program has sites in Manchester, N.H.; Burlington, Vt.; Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau, Wis.; and Anchorage, Alaska. Classes are held one weekend per month to promote active learning and ongoing practice in the field. States that are in need of this type of graduate program can work with SNHU to create new learning sites.

The work of The Annapolis Coalition has been funded by the American College of Mental Health Administration, the Academic Behavioral Health Consortium, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Its mission is to build a national consensus on the nature of the work force crisis and to promote improvements in the quality and relevance of education and training.

Please contact Susan Maslack at 800.730.5542 for more information about SNHU’s Graduate Program in Community Mental Health. Please visit www.annapoliscoalition.org for more information about the Annapolis Coalition.

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