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LocumTenens.com and the Expansion of our Behavioral Health Department

By: Jeannie Smith, Associate Vice President, Behavioral Health | Updated on February 06, 2024

LocumTenens.com and the Expansion of our Behavioral Health Department

For over twenty-five years, LocumTenens.com’s Psychiatry division - now Behavioral Health division - has partnered with behavioral health facilities across the nation to meet patient needs and provide access to trusted psychiatric clinicians. To fully meet facilities requirements, LocumTenens.com has expanded our service line to include psychologists, Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) LocumTenens.com has dedicated, highly trained recruiting teams for each sub-specialty provider group.

Being well-versed in staffing behavioral health services, as well as issues that often arise when building complex programs, LocumTenens.com is a trusted partner in healthcare staffing. To best ensure reliable patient care and facility success, it is key to consider the variety of options available when taking into account mental health care and staffing, especially when determining which provider is best for individual facility and patient needs.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs):

The United States has been facing a pressing healthcare provider shortage, leaving facilities searching for reliable and speedy staffing solutions. NPs have been pivotal in ensuring continued access to reliable care. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are over 385,000 licensed NPs in the United States, with around 23,000 of them specializing in Psychiatry. Able to work cohesively with existing MDs and resulting in cost-effective, flexible solutions to coverage, the demand for Psychiatric NPs continues to rise. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), forecasts a 62% increase in psych NPs from 2017 to 2030.


Job opportunities for psychology are on the rise globally and have increased exponentially as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a projection of 11,000 new jobs from 2018 to 2028. By specializing in various areas of psychology and the vital implementation of telemedicine, psychologists can treat a variety of patients across the country. According to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of clinician psychologists is expected to grow 10% by 2031.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs):

When considering options in the realm of mental health, it's important to note that the demand for LCSWs has grown rapidly. Undergoing extensive training in psychotherapy and counseling, social and cultural factors take high priority in their treatments. Between 2018 and 2028, the number of LCSWs is forecasted to grow by 11%, along with the creation of over 81,000 new jobs. Being able to accomplish a broad spectrum of care, LCSWs are pivotal to exceptional patient care and facility staffing.

With an entire team devoted to working with an array of sub-specialties and dedicated resources expanding beyond the doctorate level, LocumTenens.com is a trusted partner in healthcare staffing. To learn more about personalized solutions, reach out to one of our account executives today regarding Behavioral Health staffing options for your facility.

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Jeannie Smith

Associate Vice President, Behavioral Health

Jeannie started her career with LocumTenens.com in 2006 in the Radiology division before being promoted to Managing Director of Psychiatry in 2013 and Associate Vice President in 2016. She graduated from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and worked in finance before transitioning to healthcare staffing. She serves on the board of Girl Talk, Inc. as its DE&I chair and is involved with the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Both organizations allow her to pursue her passion of uplifting and empowering women and girls.