Title

Needs Assessment for Behavioral Health Workforce: A State-Level Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2017

Publication Title

Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research

DOI

10.1007/s11414-016-9500-4

ISSN

1556-3308

Abstract

This study describes trends in the supply and the need for behavioral health professionals in Nebraska. A state-level health workforce database was used to estimate the behavioral health workforce supply and need. Compared with national estimates, Nebraska has a lower proportion of all categories of behavioral health professionals. The majority of Nebraska counties have unusually high needs for mental health professionals, with rural areas experiencing a decline in the supply of psychiatrists over the last decade. Availability of robust state-level health workforce data can assist in crafting effective policy for successful systems change, particularly for behavioral health.

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