5 Ways Behavioral Health Expertise Benefits Recruitment and Retention

Between surges caused by the pandemic, caregiver burnout and the rise of both medically complex and behavioral health patient populations, healthcare staffing has never been more challenging.

While hiring is often the focus to address shortages, it is only a stopgap. A lasting solution can be achieved only by identifying the root cause of challenges around employee engagement, care efficiency and increasing turnover rates.

Development and implementation of operational and clinical strategies play a critical role in helping hospitals recruit and retain top talent. Moreover, hospitals are finding that contract management or a joint-venture partnership can give them greater access to resources and expertise to help their behavioral health program excel within the community it serves.

Learn five benefits of behavioral health program optimization that can help a hospital develop and retain top talent – ultimately benefiting patient outcomes, facility operations and employee satisfaction.


1. Gain access to a national behavioral health database and resources focused on behavioral health program optimization.

With a rapidly growing medically complex patient population, the demand for resources has never been more intense. Having a team of local and national experts dedicated to the latest behavioral health trends, quality data and best practices enable hospital leadership to focus on their core acute services. It also helps to relieve the burden of implementing and running a behavioral health program.

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2. Identify and recruit specialized behavioral health resources.

The supply of behavioral health team members is not sufficient to meet the demand for mental health and substance use services in the United States, and this imbalance only worsens in smaller communities.1 An experienced partner will have a team with both local and national reach, focused on recruiting top talent. This enables the hospital to efficiently and effectively locate and hire staff members who match the culture of the hospital and the specific needs of the community.

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3. Provide best-in-class employee training and continuing education.

Supplying the latest educational resources for employees to excel not only leads to better outcomes, but also helps to improve employee satisfaction and retention. A dedicated behavioral health partner with established programs for continuing education and employee development can help the hospital stand out from other employers.

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4. Live out its mission and values through a positive culture.

The mission and values of a hospital are the underlying DNA that brings the entire organization together to serve the community and achieve the best possible outcomes. Hospital team members who align with a company’s mission and values are more likely to enjoy their work experience, resulting in higher productivity levels and engagement. They are also more likely to express loyalty to the company by continuing their employment within the organization long-term.

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5. Gain a reputation for excellence.

Top talent wants to work for top organizations. An experienced behavioral health partner brings operational and clinical excellence that can help the program be known throughout the region by both patients and healthcare professionals. The additional resources and best practices also allow for greater efficiency, leading to less burnout and more flexibility – key drivers of employee satisfaction.

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The benefit of partnership for behavioral health staffing success

To enhance employee engagement and satisfaction, many health systems are looking to contract management and joint-venture partnership. Strategic partnerships can help hospitals optimize their operations as a whole – aiding in superior patient and facility outcomes as well as improved employee satisfaction and retention.

Kindred Behavioral Health is a leader in treating patients with mental health and substance use disorders through partnerships that integrate the latest innovative solutions – producing quality care and superior outcomes.

To learn how Kindred Behavioral Health helps partners optimize their programs through focused employee engagement expertise, visit KindredBehavioralHealth.com


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