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SAMHSA releases Behavioral Health Workforce Report

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released their Behavioral Health Workforce Report. As described in the document, the goal of the report is to provide information on evidence-based models of care for those with serious mental illness and substance use disorders (SUDs), including the staffing needs for each type of program; practitioner numbers needed to meet the needs of those with mental illness and SUDs; and several recommendations including the development of a national campaign, providing funding to healthcare practitioner education programs, encouraging clinical placements/ practicums in mental health and SUD settings, increasing loan forgiveness programs; and increasing the peer professional workforce.

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