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2021 California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment Report

In Fall 2021, more than sixteen hundred (1,602) members of the behavioral health workforce responded to the California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment (BHWA) survey, and 66 representatives of peer-run organizations participated in small-group listening sessions.

Respondents represented a wide array of behavioral health workforce settings; professional and educational backgrounds; and racial, ethnic, and cultural communities. Many have lived experience: 35.4% have been a family member or caregiver of a person with behavioral health needs, 32.0% have experienced a personal mental health challenge, 11.9% have experienced a substance use disorder (SUD). In response to the current focus on expanding peer support services and developing peer specialist certification in California, the project had a special emphasis on the peer support community.

Read the full report here.

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