The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in collaboration with Health Management Associates (HMA), prepared a series of three issue briefs to offer immediate policy actions to expand current workforce capacity and build a more stable future workforce.

Immediate Policy Actions to Address the National Workforce Shortage and Improve Care

Mental health and substance use treatment organizations are struggling to meet the increase in demand for services, due in large part to a national workforce shortage. The psychological distress of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce will continue to impact mental health and substance use treatment organizations’ ability to hire and retain staff beyond the pandemic.

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