By Brian Rinker

February 13, 2018

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A new report forecasts a substantial shortage of qualified and diverse

behavioral health professionals in California within 10 years, leaving

minority patients and those outside major metropolitan areas especially



If nothing is done to fill the void by 2028, many people diagnosed with

mental health conditions will struggle to get the medication and counseling

they need, especially those who live in the Central Valley and Inland

Empire, where the lack of qualified workers is worse, the researchers found.