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This post comes to us from our New Hampshire member, the Bi-State Primary Care Association:

Bi-State Primary Care Association has been in the recruitment and retention business for more than twenty years. Established in 1994, the Recruitment Center has the good fortune of representing two beautiful New England states, New Hampshire and Vermont. The non-profit organization has focused on recruiting primary care providers with emphasis on addressing the needs of medically underserved areas and populations. Dentists were added to the mix in 2007.  “Since our inception, we have worked with more than 100 New Hampshire practices and helped to place just over 400 physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in the Granite State,” said Mandi Gingras, Coordinator of the Recruitment Center. She adds, “we’ve been a member of 3RNet since it began operating in 1995. It has been an amazing resource and has played a major role in driving our success in bringing health care professionals to New Hampshire.”

In response to the opioid crisis faced by New Hampshire, Bi-State’s Recruitment Center recently expanded recruitment efforts to include behavioral health and substance use providers. In September of last year, the organization hired Michele Petersen as Project Coordinator for Behavioral Health Workforce Development & Recruitment. According to Petersen, “in a small state with a population of just over 1.3 million, almost 500 people died of drug-related deaths last year. That places New Hampshire 2nd in per capita deaths from drug overdose for the entire United States. This is not a statistic that any state wishes to own.”

Funding from the State of NH’s Bureau of Maternal & Child Health and Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services has allowed the expansion of recruitment efforts to include: psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, marriage & family therapists and substance use disorder counselors.

“Workforce shortages can have a tremendous impact on the availability of services for people seeking behavioral health and/or substance use disorders,” says Petersen. “Our state recognizes these challenges and has asked us to apply our expertise to assist with recruitment and retention efforts for facilities in both integrated and community-based settings throughout New Hampshire.”

The Recruitment Center team is lead by Director Stephanie Pagliuca, with support from Claire Hodgman, Data Marketing Coordinator.  Together the team has worked to develop unique strategies to reach all levels of clinicians, including those master’s level professionals who play a critical role in providing services to folks struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders. 
“Of the vacancies that we are tracking in New Hampshire, social workers and licensed substance use counselors currently exceed fifty positions,” said Gingras. “We are optimistic that we will be able to apply our expertise and help facilitate a pipeline that will help the state in the long run.”

For information about Bi-State Recruitment Center, visit http://www.bistaterecruitmentcenter.org/.
To find out what makes New Hampshire special, visit http://www.visitnh.gov/information/.
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