What are the Needs of California for Behavioral Health Providers?

Our colleagues at UCSF's Healthforce Center have written a report analyzing California's looming Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage. The report forecasts that if current trends continue, California will have 41 percent fewer psychiatrists than needed and 11 percent fewer psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional clinical counselors and licensed clinical social workers than needed by 2028. Additional behavioral health professionals will be needed to care for Californians with unmet needs for behavioral health services.

“This affects everybody with a behavioral health condition, particularly those with severe mental illness,” said Janet Coffman, associate professor in policy at University of California-San Francisco and one of the authors of the report, “California’s Current and Future Behavioral Health Workforce.”The report also found that there aren’t enough Latino and African-American psychiatrists and psychologists relative to those patient populations in California.  (From Capitol Public Radio interview, retrieved from UCSF healthforce blog 3/1/18)

To read the full report, please go to https://healthforce.ucsf.edu/publications/california-s-current-and-future-behavioral-health-workforce.