RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Annapolis Coalition Focuses on Exemplary Practice
March 2, 2010

The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce was awarded a grant by the Hitachi Foundation to identify and analyze emerging workforce best practices at mental health and substance use treatment and prevention programs. Outstanding organizations will be selected to receive the Behavioral Health Pacesetter Award for best practices in support of direct care workers. Better Jobs, Better Services, and Better Business is a one year project to identify and recognize the achievements of organizations that demonstrate:

  • Improved workforce practices that strengthen business performance and bottom line results, and
  • Improved work life, skills, and economic advancement among direct support employees, and
  • Improved client outcomes based on the organization’s delivery of high quality services and supports.

A priority of the Hitachi Foundation is to demonstrate the business case for investing in the training and development of the direct service workforce.The Annapolis Coalition has also focused on training and development of the direct support workforce and views this project as a part of that focus.

A Call for Nominations will be issued by the Annapolis Coalition on March 31. Over the next few months, the coalition will identify organizations that demonstrate success across the three criteria listed above. A few will be formally recognized, with their practices highlighted nationally. Project goals are to identify promising innovations, prominently recognize exemplary employers, and promote the replication and dissemination of these successful business practices.

Contact Wayne F. Dailey, PhD, project coordinator (waynedailey7@gmail.com or 860-754-6967) for more information.


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