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Institute Releases research brief on behavioral health

report cover imageThe Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, Joint Venture’s research arm has released a new research Brief. Expanding the Behavioral Health Workforce Pipeline in Santa Clara County, released today, was conducted to benchmark the status of the existing local behavioral health workforce in Santa Clara County, as well as identify roadblocks and priorities for pipeline expansion and local retention.

“Thank you to Rachel Massaro, Ryan Young, Vicky Ncube, Elisa Koff-Ginsborg, and all the contributors who made this report possible,” said Susan Ellenberg, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “This report provides valuable insight into the county’s behavioral health workforce pipeline and is a step toward incorporating new strategies to attract and retain talent. I am committed to continuing the conversation about effective behavioral health workforce expansion strategies as we continue on the vital mission of improving behavioral health outcomes for our residents.”

The need for qualified behavioral health professionals – inclusive of those working in mental health and substance use disorder treatment – has increased significantly over the past several years. This research effort is intended to inform efforts to expand the local capacity for behavioral health care, as well as those working to build a more racially/ethnically diverse workforce.

“Joint Venture's research shines a spotlight on where we need to focus to develop a behavioral health workforce adequate to meet the overwhelming need for mental health and substance use services,” said Elisa Koff-GInsborg, Executive Director at Behavioral Health Contractors' Association. “Providing competitive pay and robust benefits to recruit and retain workers to Santa Clara County that has a higher cost of living than the rest of the Bay Area as well as investing in expansion of training programs to grow the qualified workforce will require County and State resources. Our safety-net depends on it.”

“We must be proactive in our efforts to recruit and retain a high-quality behavioral health workforce that meets our region’s needs,” said Rachel Massaro, Vice President and Director of Research at the Institute. “Rates of anxiety and depression are going up, particularly for young adults and children, but Silicon Valley is comparatively lacking in the number of local practitioners and clinicians.”

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