By Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer At our 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute last week, nearly all provider organization executives I talked to reiterated the number one issue that’s keeping them up at night—the workforce shortage. A report by Mercer indicates that while 2.3 million new jobs (of which 1.6 million will be personal care aides, home health aides, and nurses) will be added in health care overall by 2026, there will be a shortage of 446,300 workers (see Demand For Healthcare Workers Will Outpace Supply By 2025: An Analysis Of The US Healthcare Labor Market). In behavioral health, the problem is far worse, with an estimated…
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