Behavioral Health Workforce Report
The mission of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is to reduce the impact of mental illness and substance misuse on America’s communities, ensuring that individuals with mental and SUDs have access to evidence-based high-quality care is a critical focus. A major factor in achieving this goal is addressing the training and education needs of practitioners. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, data on the current numbers and trends within practitioner fields is imperative. The goal of this report is to provide information on evidence-based models of care for those with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, practitioner numbers needed to meet the behavioral health needs of the American people, and to offer a foundation on which a model for a mental health system that will address these needs can be established.