Needs Assessment for Behavioral Health Workforce: a State-Level Analysis

Preethy Nayar, Bettye Apenteng, Anh T. Nguyen, Kelly Shaw-Sutherland, Diptee Ojha, Marlene Deras

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This study describes trends in the supply and the need for behavioral health professionals in Nebraska. A state-level health workforce database was used to estimate the behavioral health workforce supply and need. Compared with national estimates, Nebraska has a lower proportion of all categories of behavioral health professionals. The majority of Nebraska counties have unusually high needs for mental health professionals, with rural areas experiencing a decline in the supply of psychiatrists over the last decade. Availability of robust state-level health workforce data can assist in crafting effective policy for successful systems change, particularly for behavioral health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-473
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017


  • Behavioral health
  • Mental health
  • Needs assessment
  • Workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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