HHS Projects Workforce Shortages in Behavioral Health

written by Dani Rice, Co-Founder, Empowered Partnerships

In a release published on November 17th, Jim Macrae, Acting Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration and Kana Enomoto, Principal Deputy Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration noted new analysis on the nation’s behavioral workforce.

The findings are challenging to say the least. It identifies significant shortages in the Behavioral Healthcare Workforce by 2025. The main shortages are specifically targeted around mental health counselors, and social hhsworkers.  There is an anticipated 16% shortage to meet the job demands by 2025. There is also an anticipated 6% shortage for school counselors.

This is a concern that continues to grow.  The article notes, SAMHSA reported in 2013 that 20% of the population has a behavioral health disorder that is not being addressed.  In addition, in 2013 there were a reported 97 million people who live in areas with a significant shortage of behavioral healthcare professionals.

To combat this upcoming shortage, SAMHSA and HRSA have created the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program to expand the behavioral workforce nationwide.

Read the full article.

These shortages are critical and organizations need to hire and retain a strong workforce in order to build strong reputations to be the top and most attractive option for candidates in the upcoming years.

Organizations need to be competitive to the upcoming workforce. Identifying themselves as the Employer of Choice in their market is key.


Dani Rice, Co-Founder & Chief Mental Health Employer Solutions Provider