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National Council addresses shortages in psychiatric care

National Council addresses shortages in psychiatric care
March 28, 2017

The National Council for Behavioral Health recently released a report that discussed causes of the current shortage of trained psychiatrists and provided recommendations to reverse it.

“The coverage of, and increasing demand for, psychiatric services is occurring at the same time as a growing shortage of outpatient and inpatient programs. The lack of access has created a crisis throughout the U.S. health care system that is harmful and frustrating for patients, their families and other health care providers, and is becoming increasingly expensive for payers and society at large,” Joe Parks, MD, medical director of the National Council for Behavioral Health, and colleagues wrote.

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