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Nurse Practitioners for Mental Health
Program to add 300 NPs in California
California’s supply of mental health providers is about to get a major shot in the arm: The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and three UC schools of nursing have just launched a new program to train 300 additional psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) over the next five years.
Tackling the Provider Shortage
A year ago, the California Future Health Workforce Commission warned that the state faces a mental health provider shortage that will only get worse as aging psychiatrists and psychologists retire over the next decade.
Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners could help address that shortfall, but there aren’t enough of them to meet the demand, and existing training programs add only 70 to 80 more each year. The commission’s final report recommended a major investment in mental health training for NPs.