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Pursue a Career

We are focused on helping interested individuals secure jobs in the mental and behavioral health fields within Appalachia Ohio.


We work with high school and college students and adults, including those interested in changing careers or expanding their knowledge and skills. We assist primarily through education pathways for high school and college students and career pathways for post-high school and post-college workers. 

Why a Behavioral Health Career in Appalachian Ohio?

Choosing a career in Mental and Behavioral Health allows you to positively impact individuals' lives and the overall wellness of communities. The Appalachian Ohio region needs behavioral health professionals to ensure children and families have access to the care and support they need in school, at home, and in their communities. Behavioral Health professionals working in Appalachian Ohio address some of the challenges currently facing children and families:

  • The supply of mental health providers per 100,000 in Appalachian Ohio is 51% lower than the national average and 41% lower than Non-Appalachian Ohio.

  • The suicide rate in Appalachian Ohio is 19 percent higher than the national rate and 26 percent higher than in non-Appalachian Ohio.

  • Rural and Appalachian residents often travel further distances to access primary care, and the cost of healthcare services appears to be higher in Appalachian counties compared to the rest of the state.

  • None of Ohio’s six children’s hospitals are in any of the State’s 32 Appalachian counties.

Appalachan Ohio

Do you need a college degree to be a Behavioral Health professional?

  • Some behavioral health careers only require a high school diploma/equivalent or enrolling in a certificate or vocational program. 

  • You can also begin a behavioral health career pathway with an associate degree with the option to progress to a bachelor’s degree through your master’s degree and beyond. 

  • Typical majors for a career in behavioral health include psychology, sociology, social work, behavioral health sciences, human development, early childhood education, public health, community health education, health and human services, social sciences, nursing, and communications.

  • A master’s degree is often required to become a licensed behavioral health practitioner. However, many career tracks do not require an advanced degree.

College Degrees

Education Pathways

For high school and college students

Are you a high school student interested in pursuing a career in behavioral health? The Hub is piloting a program working one-on-one with high school students in the region who are interested in pursuing careers in mental and behavioral health.

In collaboration with the GRIT and Building Bridges 2 Careers programs, we are working with select high schools to offer a paid internship program. Currently we are working with Carrollton High School, Federal Hocking High School, Washington County High Schools, and schools in the scope of the GRIT program. 

Services for Students

  • One-on-one advising 

  • Paid internship opportunities

  • Access to behavioral health credentials through the Ohio Department of Education

  • After graduation, the ACC Hub will facilitate behavioral health job placements in the region


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Education Pathways

Career Pathways

For post-high school and post-college workers


Our ImpACCt program aids adults in transitioning careers into the mental and behavioral health field as well as offering continued support for retention of working professionals.


Career Advising

The Hub provides a comprehensive compilation of career pathways in the mental and behavioral health field, along with required courses of study and certifications. There are many different ways to impact Appalachians and we will work with you to find the right job for you!

Individual and Group Coaching

We want you to be successful in your new career. You will receive 10 one-on-one coaching sessions designed to help you reach your career and well-being goals. After completing your coaching program, you are invited to virtually drop into bi-weekly office hours as well as join a monthly gathering of everyone involved in the program. We are here to support you!

Financial Aid & Internships

We will help you with the financial impact of your career transition. We have financial aid available, along with opportunities for internships with our partners and affiliates.


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