FL among states with highest mental health labor shortage. Are financial incentives a solution?

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Florida is facing workforce shortages across 161 facilities that provide mental health services and across 32 counties, according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

The state needs more than 500 mental health professionals to alleviate the shortage, according to a 2022 analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Counties that the Health Resources and Services Administration designated as having a shortage include Gadsden, Hardee, Madison, Monroe and Okeechobee among others.

Overall, Florida has 237 mental health workforce shortage areas. Those include medical facilities, geographic areas and populations within geographic areas such as homeless people.

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