Report: Wisconsin has a psychiatrist shortage

A report says Wisconsin is seeing a shortage of psychiatrists, with 20 of the state’s 72 counties lacking a practicing psychiatrist.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Wisconsin Policy Forum found that some counties are sharing the practicing psychiatrists they have.

The group says there’s loan and grant assistance programs aimed at drawing psychiatrists to underserved areas. The Medical College of Wisconsin has also started two new psychiatry residency programs.

The policy forum’s brief suggests expanding telemedicine options could help reach more people.

A 2017 Wisconsin Department of Health Services report says more than half of adults who need mental health treatment aren’t getting it.

People who can’t find help end up in hospital emergency rooms. Police also often intervene during a mental health crisis.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org

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