In 2020, an estimated 12.7 million rural adults suffered
from a behavioral health issue – mental illness,
substance use disorder, or other psychiatric conditions.
Accessing behavioral health care is particularly
challenging for rural communities due to disparities in
the distribution of behavioral health care providers.
This study describes trends in the supply and
distribution of social workers in rural and urban areas in
the U.S., nationally and within Census Divisions. Ongoing
tracking of these trends in behavioral health workforce
supply will aid the development of solutions to address
disparities in access to behavioral health care in rural