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2021 California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released the findings and recommendations from the fall 2021 California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment survey. This assessment is part of DHCS’ Behavioral Health Workforce Development Project (BHWDP). The BHWDP supports multiple peer organization grant initiatives funded by DHCS and administered by Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). AHP partnered with the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) for the workforce assessment component.

This report represents a major effort to collect vital information from California’s behavioral health workforce. More than 1,600 members of responded to the survey. Intensive small-group listening sessions also were held with representatives of 30 peer-run organizations throughout the state to further explore these issues.

The survey and listening session questions focused on both stable characteristics of the workforce (e.g., demographics, education) and more recent, timebound topics (e.g., the pandemic, telehealth). Future data collection will allow us to distinguish the long-term workforce trends from the short-term effects of the pandemic.

With the links below, you can access the 2021 California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment in three formats: the full report, an executive summary, and an infographic. These materials can used by organizations and leaders to help expand, elevate, enhance and empower behavioral health workforce in every California community. 

2021 California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment Statistics

This two-page infographic illustrates key findings from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Behavioral Health Workforce Development Project (BHWDP) 2021 statewide assessment. It offers a simple, visual way to present assessment data to staff, leadership, and stakeholders.

2021 California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment Executive Summary

The Executive Summary provides an overview of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Behavioral Health Workforce Development Project (BHWDP) 2021 statewide assessment. It details the seven key findings and abbreviated recommendations, along with relevant policy spotlights. (8 pages)

2021 California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment Report

This report provides the full findings, statistics, and recommendations gleaned from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Behavioral Health Workforce Development Project (BHWDP) 2021 statewide assessment. The report include an executive summary, background, objectives and methodology, key findings by topic area, and recommendations. This report offers vital information to the state, behavioral health agencies and organizations, and other stakeholders. (64 pages)

 

 

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Webinar: BH Workforce Assessment Reports Highlights

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On May 18th, DHCS and CARS representatives presented a live session where they highlighted some of the key findings from the BH Workforce Assessment Report. The recording and slide deck will be posted in this box as soon as they are ready for distribution, which is usually about 48 hours. Stay tuned!