(KMOV.com) -- Governor Nixon has a plan for more Missourians to pursue careers in mental health.
The governor announced his 2015 budget which includes a strategic investment to help more Missourians get into health care fields.
He says incidents around the country like the Connecticut school shooting are a wake-up call that the state needs more mental health care training.
“We are facing a critical shortage of mental health professionals a critical shortage these numbers are startling 104 of Missouri’s 114 counties are designated as mental health professional shortage areas,” Nixon said.
The governor added in the last four years, more than 1,500 new mental healthcare jobs have been created in Missouri.