Behavioral Health Workforce Development

Business people talking.


  • 85% of counties in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas have been federally identified as Mental Health Professions Shortage Areas
  • Rural areas particularly face shortages of psychiatrists, APRN’s, Counselors, certified/licensed addiction counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, and unlicensed direct care workers.


Training and technical assistance are available to academic institutions, provider organizations, and schools to:

  • Attract,
  • Recruit,
  • Place and Train
  • Retain behavioral health providers


Specialized Training and Technical Assistance Available

  • Legislative advocacy
  • Ambassador (career development) programs
  • Workforce grant writing
  • Engagement of behavioral health education/training programs
  • Consumer involvement
  • Behavioral Health Professional Tracking Program
  • Development of promotional materials
  • Training in best practices to retain the workforce
  • Graduate school recruitment to attract trainees to underserved population practice
  • Health professions schools training to attract medical, nursing, and allied health students to MH
  • Training in best practices to retain MH professionals in practice


Current Initiatives

  • Providing technical support to the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services to address workforce shortages
  • Developing a plan to support the Missouri Department of Mental Health in addressing the behavioral health workforce shortage