New report shows shortage of behavioral health workers
Diego (KGTV) – San Diego County is experiencing a shortage of behavioral health workers. A new report shows that the need will continue to grow significantly over the next few years.
As things stand, San Diego County is short by nearly 8,000 behavioral health workers. This figure includes all areas such as schools, law enforcement and health systems.
Supervisory Chair Nathan Fletcher gathered with other professionals at the San Diego Central Library for the Behavioral Health Workforce Symposium.
“Think about it, if everyone standing behind me broke their leg, we’d have no problem getting them in, getting them an x-ray, a cast, a set of crutches and they’d be home at home. lunchtime,” says Fletcher. “But if everyone behind me needed addiction or mental health services, good luck, you’re going to be waiting 6 or 8 weeks.”
Fletcher says he commissioned a workforce report about a year ago. It was unveiled on Tuesday morning.
The report shows that 18,500 additional professionals will be needed to meet growing demand in San Diego County by 2027. It also provides a financial framework. It will take at least $128 million to train more people in this area.
The county received feedback from approximately 1,600 workers and students for this report.
55% of respondents said behavioral health workers quit their jobs due to lower pay. The report indicates that professionals in San Diego are paid less than in other counties. A lot of people say job stress is another reason people leave the workforce.