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Behavioral Health Government Jobs: How Facilities Can Find Qualified Professionals

Author: Darian Khalilpour
Date: June 28, 2024
Tags: Behavioral Health Professionals, Government Services, Healthcare, Healthcare Staffing

Government facilities provide millions of people in the U.S. with mental health services every year. However, facilities are struggling to meet this high demand,. Government healthcare facilities such as Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and community centers are constantly looking to hire healthcare professionals in behavioral health government contract positions. Positions can include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, addiction workers, case managers, occupational therapists, social workers, and others. While recruitment for these positions can be difficult, here are four ways staffing agencies are in unique positions to help fill behavioral health government jobs.

1. Quick access to qualified professionals. Government healthcare facilities often face urgent staffing needs during times of increased patient volume. Staffing agencies are ready to respond rapidly to meet facility needs by reaching out to their extensive networks of behavioral health professionals. Whether government facilities require psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or counselors, staffing agencies have access to a diverse pool of candidates with varying specialties and expertise.

2. Adherence with government compliance standards. Government facilities must adhere to strict regulatory and compliance standards when hiring behavioral health professionals. Staffing agencies can certify that candidates are up-to-date on any required licenses, regulations, and background checks and ensure that they meet or exceed industry standards. This also helps to enhance the quality of patient care and increases patient satisfaction. 

3. Flexible staffing models. The healthcare industry is known for having non-traditional working hours, including overnight shifts. Staffing agencies offer flexible staffing solutions, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and permanent placements, allowing government facilities to meet staffing needs without long-term commitments or administrative burdens. 

4. Provider support for licensure and certifications. Government roles typically come with regulations and standards that new hires must meet. Working with recruiters from staffing agencies can help make sense of any required licenses or work experience needed. Additionally, since behavioral health professionals often need to be licensed in each state they work in, staffing agencies can provide valuable assistance and guidance in obtaining the necessary state licensures, streamlining this often-complex process for candidates.

5. Thorough vetting of candidates. The behavioral health field encompasses a wide range of specialties, including adult and adolescent care, inpatient and outpatient services, and various therapeutic approaches. Staffing agencies offer an extra layer of vetting to ensure that candidates are not only qualified but also well-matched to the specific needs of each facility. By thoroughly assessing candidates’ experience and specialties upfront, agencies can save government facilities valuable time in the hiring process and ensure a better fit for both the facility and the professional.

Whether you are searching for government jobs in the behavioral healthcare industry or are looking to hire qualified behavioral health professionals, Amergis Healthcare Staffing can help you find behavioral health government contracts and candidates. Connect today with your local office to learn more!

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