Most likely unsurprising to most of us in the behavioral health field, new survey data from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, conducted by The Harris Poll, finds that the vast majority (83%) of the nation’s behavioral health workforce believes that without public policy changes, provider organizations won’t be able to meet the demand for mental health or substance use treatment and care. The survey, conducted among 750 behavioral health workers and more than 2,000 U.S. adults, also warns of a potential exodus of behavioral health workers due to burnout.

With the increase in the severity of cases and thus, the increase in need for professional mental healthcare, it’s more important than ever before that we address workforce shortages. The dangerous imbalance between demand for mental healthcare and lack of qualified professionals can be rectified by adding more trained professionals to the field and increasing access to mental health professionals for those who need the support.

If helping people is one of your passions, you may find that a career in mental healthcare helps you fulfill that desire to help change lives. A career in mental health can be extraordinarily rewarding and filled with opportunities for growth, and will challenge you in new ways. If you or someone you know would be interested in improving the lives of others, Addictions Training Institute can help get you certified. We have certification programs for individuals at every level and offer continuing education for those already certified.

ATI will give you several helpful things to make your time with us the most productive and rewarding, such as:

  • Affordable, our entire program costs less than most other schools
  • Financing available
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  • Curriculum designed to meet state requirements
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  • Study from home
  • Complete your education in less than a year

Behavioral Health workforce shortage will negatively impact society