Mental Health Professional Shortage Area

Terms:  mental health professional shortage area – mhpsa

The federal HPSA designation (formerly Health Manpower Shortage Areas) identifies areas as having a shortage of mental health providers on the basis of availability of psychiatrist and mental health professionals. To qualify for designation as a Mental HPSA, an area must be:

  1. A rational service area for the delivery of mental health services,
  2. A lack of access to care provided by Core Mental Health Professionals (CMHP) in the area, and
  3. One of the following conditions prevails in the area:
    1. The population to CMHP ratio is > 6,000:1, and the population to psychiatrist ratio is > 20,000:1, OR
    2. The population to CMHP ratio is > 9,000:1, OR
    3. The population to psychiatrist ratio is > 30,000:1.

Source and for further information: California Healthcare Workforce Catalog http://gis.ca.gov/catalog/BrowseRecord.epl?id=23750

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