This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

January 13, 2008

Psychologists in state ask for authority to prescribe

Missouri psychologists and their patients are asking lawmakers for the authority to write certain prescriptions for mental health disorders, saying it will improve access to badly needed care.
It's a question of service and need, say advocates with Missouri Families for Access to Comprehensive Treatment.
The state has fewer than 400 licensed psychiatrists, the only mental-health professionals in Missouri allowed to prescribe drugs, advocates say. And, they add, waiting times to see a psychiatrist ranges from two weeks to eight months, especially in underserved rural and inner-city communities.

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