Needs Assessment for Behavioral Health Workforce: A State-Level Analysis
Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
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.
Nayar, Preethy, Bettye A. Apenteng, Ahn T. Nguyen, Kelly Shaw-Sutherland, Diptee Ojha, Marlene Deras.
"Needs Assessment for Behavioral Health Workforce: A State-Level Analysis."
Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 44 (3): 465-473.