Access to timely, high-quality behavioral health services is increasingly a matter of life and death for Georgia’s Children. According to the Georgia Student Health Survey, the state saw a 45.6% jump in teens (6th through 12th grade) attempting suicide between 2017 and 2018.
As state leaders set budget priorities for the coming fiscal year, Voices for Georgia’s Children is highlighting this alarming increase. In 2017, we conducted a comprehensive Analysis of Georgia’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Workforce. The idea that we need to strengthen our behavioral health workforce in Georgia played a central role in several of the legislative study committees that met in 2019, and it is clear that the state’s behavioral workforce is on the front lines for helping ensure children thrive and protecting their long-term well-being.
Voices offers a new foreword to our Behavioral Health Workforce Report that outlines the progress Georgia has made since our original release and opportunities that remain.