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Access to Mental Health Services Strained as Benefits Expand



On any given day, there are scores of psychiatric patients waiting in emergency departments for an inpatient bed. The strain on the healthcare system will worsen this year, as federal rules expanding behavioral health benefits come into play.



1 comments on "Access to Mental Health Services Strained as Benefits Expand"
Sam Kaplan (2/28/2014 at 9:27 AM)

Mental Health Parity did not become a reality until preexisting conditions were covered under ACA. It will take a number of years for supply (psychiatric facilities and psychiatrists) to catch up with the increasing demand for mental health services. It may well be reasonable to adopt short-term strategies using urgent care as the article suggests, but long-term adjustments to the market for mental health services will provide a more stable solution.