Tim Tolan, CEO of Sanford Rose Associates® – The Tolan Group, Authored “The Behavioral Healthcare Workforce is Changing” Featured in Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Timothy J. Tolan is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Sanford Rose Associates® – The Tolan Group, an executive search firm located in St. Augustine, FL. They specialize in healthcare IT, private equity, sales and marketing, cyber security, digital health, health plan/payers, hospitals and IDN’s, nonprofit and interim solutions. The following is his article published in Behavioral Healthcare Executive.

Plano, TX | 9/8/2017

The behavioral healthcare workforce in America is changing. In fact, the entire U.S. workforce is experiencing a shift from hiring traditional full time employees to a more broad-based blended workforce. This shift is largely a result of the number of baby-boomers retiring, the changes in our immigration laws and the overall shortage of qualified full time behavioral healthcare candidates.

This new blended workforce is comprised of traditional full-time and part-time employees as well as temporary workers and interim contract workers. Interim roles can range from non-exempt service roles to executive exempt leadership, including positions in the C-suite.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported that by 2020 more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be contingent workers. If this trend continues, 1099 workers will soon equal the traditional W-2 employees in the workplace. With the U.S. healthcare spending expected to reach a staggering 20% of our GDP by 2025, the industry will feel this shift more than any other segment in our economy. It must adapt and adapt quickly.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (2016-17 Edition) forecasts employment growth for substance use and behavioral health counselors is growing faster than many other occupations. The need for behavioral healthcare workers is influenced by factors such as expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act; returning veterans with behavioral health needs; and the criminal justice system, which is transitioning toward treatment-oriented sentences.

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