States ranked by shortage of mental health professionals

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California has the most areas facing shortages of mental healthcare professionals of all U.S. states, according to a new ranking from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The ranking is based on a quarterly summary of designated Health Professional Shortage Area statistics published Sept. 30 by HHS, the Bureau of Health Workforce and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The HPSA designation is given to areas where the population-to-provider ratio for mental healthcare is at least 30,000 to 1.

In total, there are 6,069 areas with an HPSA designation for mental healthcare in the U.S.

Here's how each state stacks up:

Note: The list includes ties.

1. California — 544
2. Texas — 419
3. Michigan — 299
4. Alaska — 269
5. Missouri — 266
6. Arizona — 212
7. Florida — 202
8. Washington — 187
9. North Carolina — 184
10. Illinois — 171
11. New York — 170
12. Louisiana — 153
13. Oklahoma — 150
14. Wisconsin — 148
15. Kansas — 131
15. Kentucky — 131
15. Pennsylvania — 131
18. Oregon — 124
19. Iowa — 115
19. Ohio — 115
21. Montana — 113
22. West Virginia — 109
23. Minnesota — 107
24. Nebraska — 101
25. Georgia — 95
26. Indiana — 92
27. New Mexico — 85
28. Tennessee — 84
29. Mississippi — 83
30. Colorado — 77
31. North Dakota — 76
32. Virginia — 75
33. South Carolina — 71
33. South Dakota — 71
35. Idaho — 64
36. Alabama — 63
37. Maine — 60
38. Nevada — 59
39. Massachusetts — 57
40. Utah — 55
41. Arkansas — 48
42. Maryland — 41
43. New Jersey — 35
44. Connecticut — 32
45. Wyoming — 30
46. Hawaii — 27
47. New Hampshire — 22
48. Vermont — 20
49. Rhode Island — 12
50. Delaware — 9

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