The behavioral health workforce in 10 numbers

Here are 10 stats to know about the behavioral health workforce, according to a survey from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing published April 25:

  1. Ninety-three percent of behavioral health providers reported experiencing burnout.
  2. Ninety percent are concerned about the ability of those not currently receiving care to gain access to mental healthcare.
  3. Eighty-seven percent are concerned about the ability to provide mental healthcare should there be another health crisis in the future.
  4. Eighty-three percent reported being worried that behavioral health workforce shortages will negatively impact society as a whole.
  5. Eighty-three percent believe that provider organizations won't be able to meet the demand for mental health or substance use care without policy changes.
  6. Sixty-eight percent reported the amount of time they spend on administrative tasks limits time they could be using to directly support clients.
  7. Forty-eight percent reported workforce shortages and its impacts have made them consider other employment options.
  8. Seven in 10 behavioral health providers reported increased client severity since the COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. Two in 3 behavioral health providers reported increased client caseload.
  10. One in 3 behavioral health providers reported spending most of their time on administrative tasks.

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