Despite Laws to Increase Access, Many Californians Struggle to Find Mental Health Services

at 9:00 AM
Save ArticleSave Article

Failed to save article

Please try again

This article is more than 7 years old.
 (Photo: Getty Images)

More than 43 million Americans have mental health conditions, but a 2014 survey found that over half of those who felt they needed help never got it. In recent years insurers have increasingly been required to include mental health coverage in their plans, yet even people with insurance continue to struggle to find available or affordable therapists. Forum discusses why it is so difficult to get mental health care, even in places like the Bay Area, which has an abundance of therapists.

Related Links:



April Dembosky, health reporter, KQED's The California Report

Keith Humphreys , professor of psychiatry, Stanford School of Medicine; research scientist, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

Bart Magee, psychologist; executive Director, Access Institute for Psychological Services