Projecting Behavioral Health Workforce Supply & Demand

Given the increasing strain on the behavioral health workforce and the projected shortages in various key occupations, it is imperative to fortify and expand educational and training programs to meet future demands effectively. A comprehensive approach that includes heightened federal support, enhanced loan repayment incentives, and a broadened scope for teletherapy services could be instrumental in mitigating the impending workforce deficit. For a more digestible overview, the following infographic illustrates the projected shortages and the additional workforce required by 2036 to address both current usage of behavioral health services and unmet needs.

Projected workforce shortages in behavioral health fields by 2036 based on current service usage and unmet needs. Data source: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Information for the infographic sourced from the HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration)

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