Workforce Issues

Last updated February 2016

Numerous national studies and Presidential Commissions have substantiated the magnitude of emotional, behavioral and developmental disorders in the nation's children and adolescents. Consistently, 16-20% of the population of children and adolescents has some disturbance and 4-7% has a significant functional impairment. There are approximately 8,300 practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists in the US and over 15 million children and adolescents who are in need of the special expertise of a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Given the critical shortages, AACAP aims to increase the child and adolescent psychiatry workforce. Provided below are resources that describe the current state of the workforce, our nation's workforce needs, and steps that are being taken to address the workforce crisis.

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Workforce Fact Sheet
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 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Workforce: Solutions to Improve Access to Care
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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Strategic Plan
November 1, 2002
A Call to Action: Children Need Our Help!

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Workforce: A Critical Shortage and National Challenge
AACAP Workforce Issues Committee
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