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National Workforce Study

In response to the emerging shortages of qualified addiction treatment and recovery services professionals, SAMHSA/CSAT, in 2012, instructed the ATTC Network to develop and implement a national addiction treatment workforce data collection effort.


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The goal of this survey was to answer three basic questions about the addictions treatment and recovery services workforce:

  1. What are the basic demographics of the workforce?
  2. What are the common strategies and methodologies to prepare, retain, and maintain the workforce?
  3. What are the anticipated workforce development needs in the next five years?


Study Findings

View video below to learn more about the 2012 National Workforce Study Findings, or download the full report.

ATTC Third Thursday iTraining " Vital Signs: Taking the Pulse of the Addiction Treatment Workforce" - Study Findings from ATTC Network on Vimeo.


Suggested Citation

When citing this report and its findings, please use the following:

Ryan, O., Murphy, D., Krom, L. (2012). Vital Signs: Taking the Pulse of the Addiction Treatment Workforce, A National Report, Version 1. Kansas City, MO: Addiction Technology Transfer Center National Office in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Download Full Report

National Workforce Report: A National Qualitative Report September 2017

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Vital Signs: Taking the Pulse of the Addictions Treatment Workforce (PDF)

Download the Executive Summary Only(PDF)

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Presentation Slides

Findings from the 2012 National Workforce Study (PDF)


The Vital Signs study was coordinated by the 2007-2012 ATTC National Office at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.