Access to Care
People may struggle to get the mental health care they need, whether it’s therapy, medications, or other treatments and services. This is especially true for people in rural areas or with restrictive health plans.
Ask the Experts
State legislators and policy makers should work with psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts to create solutions that increase access. One idea is the Collaborative Care Model. It’s a proven way for patients to receive mental health care in primary care settings and timely access to needed medications.
Powerful psychiatric drugs affect not only the mind but can also affect a person’s heart, liver, and other organs. Only medically trained clinicians, such as psychiatrists have the training and expertise to prescribe these medications safely.