The Mental Health Workforce: Who's Meeting California's Needs?


Tina McRee, Catherine Dower, Bram Briggance, Jenny Vance, Dennis Keane, Ed O'Neil

Feb 2003

Over the past two decades there has been a growing call for parity between mental and physical health care. Mental health services have been stigmatized, provided unsystematically, and they came late to the third party reimbursement process. Today the field is still beset by a vast array of often competing practitioners with various degrees of regulation and oversight. This report presents one of the first comprehensive profiles of the California mental and behavioral health care workforce. It presents information about the current and projected supply and demand for mental health professionals, detailed profiles of key mental professions, a mental health workforce ecology, and recommendations regarding workforce planning, care delivery, regulation, education, and future study.