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Ohio's Behavioral Health Workforce

“The future Ohio that I envision has the best, most robust behavioral health workforce in the country – a workforce that is hailed as heroic and valued as a vital part of our healthcare system.” – Governor Mike DeWine, State of the State Address, March 23, 2022

The health and success of Ohio’s families and communities depends on a strong, diverse behavioral healthcare workforce, our “Wellness Workforce”, and OhioMHAS is dedicated to improving the recruitment and retention of mental health and substance use disorder professionals in Ohio…doctors, nurses, counselors, therapists, preventionists, social workers, direct care workers, and peer supporters, among others.

Our efforts encompass increasing career awareness, supporting recruitment, incentivizing retention, and supporting contemporary practice, and we are pursuing partnerships with Ohio’s providers, local community leaders, and Ohio’s K-12 schools, career tech centers, colleges and universities to create more pathways for Ohioans to pursue these careers. Learn more here.

Behavioral Health Workforce Supply and Demand Report

A study completed in 2021 by OhioMHAS, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, InnovateOhio, and Deloitte found that the demand for behavioral healthcare services in Ohio increased 353% from 2013-2019 while the workforce increased only 174% over the same time period. 


Workforce Initiatives Underway

Behavioral healthcare workers are a valued and vital part of our healthcare system, and Ohio’s efforts are focused on helping to infuse more qualified professionals into behavioral healthcare workforce in both the short- and long-term.

Workforce News

OhioMHAS Wellness Workforce Task Force

Contact: Zandia Lawson