According to a 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation study, 73 percent of Americans consider a lack of access to mental healthcare a major problem. Many patients give up before receiving any treatment after finding the process too confusing or too limited. It can take several weeks to get an appointment with a mental health counselor, and even longer for a psychiatric evaluation. While local emergency rooms can provide acute care in a mental health emergency, affiliated hospitals are often not equipped to handle ongoing care or provide appropriate referrals. The Lindner Center of HOPE is stepping in to make the process of navigating the psychiatric healthcare landscape more efficient and more effective, with the launch of its new Rapid Access Service (RAS).
Thu, Aug 24, 2017