Minority recruitment for the 21st Century: An environmental scanedit
The alcohol and drug treatment and recovery field is facing a substantial workforce shortage that has become a major priority for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Changing population demographics now necessitate more than ever the recruitment of an adequate number of diverse professionals who are sufficiently trained to meet the needs of the treatment and recovery field. Diversifying the workforce can correct the current demographic disconnect between a mostly White, female, middle-age workforce and a primarily male and diverse clientele. A diverse workforce can increase trust and engagement among the broader population in need of services. Not only is the clientele increasingly diverse, but their clinical needs are complex, necessitating a workforce capable of addressing a range of issues, including co-occurring disorders, poly-substance use, and trauma.