Illinois legislators passed a bill on Thursday that would help expand the pool of eligible peer support workers in the state. Senate Bill 3661, sponsored by Sen. Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines), would add comprehensive community mental health centers (CMHCs) to the list of facilities defined as “healthcare employers” in Illinois. That would allow CMHCs to … Read more

As the Illinois General Assembly continues the state’s 103rd legislative session, legislators and behavioral healthcare organizations are focused on the field’s workforce shortage. Sonya Leathers, PhD, director of the Behavioral Health Workforce Centers at the University of Illinois Chicago, discussed the severity of the shortage in legislative committee meetings last month. “In 2021, the American … Read more

Texas Sen. Drew Springer (R – Muenster) filed Senate Bill 1282 on Tuesday, a measure that would create the Texas Mental Health Care Enterprise Fund (MHCEF) to recruit and retain individuals licensed for essential mental health professions.      The legislature would determine the initial appropriation for MHCEF and the Texas Health and Human Services … Read more

According to a behavioral health workforce report recently published by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the region’s current demand for behavioral health services significantly outpaces its workforce.     The report states that San Diego’s regional behavioral health system currently employs about 17,000 professionals in 11 high priority occupations, including community health workers, psychiatrists, mental … Read more

A strong and supported behavioral health workforce results in quality access to care DENVER – Today, the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) released Strengthening the Behavioral Health Workforce in Colorado: An Approach to Community Partnership, a strategic plan to strengthen the behavioral health workforce in Colorado to ensure we have a behavioral health system that offers accessible, … Read more

Sen. Scott Wiener (D–San Francisco) has represented California’s 11th Senate district since 2016. He currently chairs the Senate Housing Committee and sits on the Senate Health and Public Safety Committees, as well as the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health.  In this Q&A, Wiener discusses his health policy priorities as the legislative session forges on. … Read more