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Texas’ shortage of mental health care professionals is getting worse

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an already short supply of therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 14, 2023: Communities in Schools staff members Christy Mitchell, Dorothy Garza and Amara Nitibhon (left to right) pose for a portrait at Langford Elementary School in Austin, Texas on February 14, 2023. (Photo by Montinique Monroe for The Texas Tribune)

How this happened

Workforce stress and burnout

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