New “Behavioral Health Support Specialist” occupation in WA could help fill workforce gaps

While not an instant fix for deep problems in Washington’s behavioral health care system, a new “Behavioral Health Support Specialist” occupation in the state could help fill gaps in the state’s workforce, according to UW CHWS’ Sr. Deputy Director Sue Skillman as cited in the Seattle Times 11/3/2021. The new bachelor’s level role is being developed through the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with funding from the Ballmer Group. “It’s going to take every one of these potential solutions” to improve access to behavioral health services, according to Skillman.