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Top resources that aid in behavioral health talent development and retention

As the rapid growth of both medically complex and behavioral health patients persists, the demand for resources has never been more intense. This continued growth has pushed hospitals to seek out strategies that will help them successfully obtain top healthcare talent. The challenge to meet this demand is compounded by the fact that the supply of behavioral health team members is not sufficient to meet the growing need for mental health and substance use services in the United States. This imbalance only worsens when looking at those in smaller communities.1

Below are two key benefits of partnership that can help a health system meet current and future staffing needs within their hospital. With support from an experienced behavioral health partner, hospitals can further address the needs of patients requiring behavioral health treatment. Partnership can also equip its employees with the optimal resources, support and training to excel in their career as a healthcare professional.

  1. Gain access to a national behavioral health database and resources focused on behavioral health program optimization. 

    Having a team of local and national experts focused on the latest behavioral health trends, quality data and best practices enables hospital leadership to focus on their core acute services. It also helps to relieve the burden of implementing and running a behavioral health program.

    Further, the combination of both local and national resources allows the hospital to leverage the latest national data, while simultaneously applying the key takeaways for the local level. This ensures a care approach tailored to the community’s specific needs. In addition, staff can be equipped with the latest techniques and resources to help them be more successful in their roles, and ultimately more satisfied in their position.

    A qualified behavioral health partner with a strong reputation of delivering exceptional outcomes through state-of-the-art resources and data can help expand behavioral health talent.

  2. Identify and recruit specialized behavioral health resources.

    An experienced partner will have a team with both local and national reach, dedicated to recruiting top talent. This enables the hospital to effectively locate and hire talent that matches the culture of the hospital and the specific needs of the community.

    Having a fully-staffed behavioral health team also helps patients get to the right care setting, faster. This ultimately relieves overcrowding within the emergency department (ED) – leading to better outcomes, higher levels of patient satisfaction and lower burnout of ED providers.

    A strong and resilient behavioral health team is essential when providing high-quality treatment to patients with varying needs.

Having access to resources that help your hospital identify, hire, retain and engage top behavioral health talent is a substantial benefit that extends far beyond just staffing. When your hospital team is supported and engaged, so are your patients – leading to optimal outcomes for the entire care continuum.

Read our white paper, “5 Ways Behavioral Health Operational Expertise Benefits Recruitment and Retention to learn how we help our contract management and joint-venture partners optimize their programs through focused employee engagement expertise.


  1. Baum, N., & King, J. (2020, February). The Behavioral Health Workforce in Rural America: Developing a National Recruitment Strategy. School of Public Health Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center University of Michigan.

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