Challenges and obstacles create opportunities. Even since before the start of the pandemic, the provider community has dealt with workforce development challenges, especially in the field of behavioral health. As the demand for mental health and substance use disorder services have increased, so have the opportunities for a career in behavioral health for individuals at all experience levels.

Throughout the nation, healthcare workers are experiencing significant levels of burnout due to the pandemic. This once in a lifetime event has impacted the mental health of clinicians and has overly extended the existing provider workforce that was already experiencing a critical shortage. Although this is a widespread problem, rural areas and minority communities are more greatly affected. Many individuals living in these areas don’t have easy access to local primary care or mental health providers.

In Pennsylvania, there are currently a variety of job opportunities available, ranging from clinical, technical, and administrative roles of all experience levels. These roles in behavioral healthcare all provide the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of children, adolescence, and adults.

Watch this video created by Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania to learn more about the benefits of working in the behavioral health field.