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Treatment Of People With Mental Illness: A Decade-Long Perspective
There has been much made in recent years of a critical shortage of access to mental health services in the U.S. However, this study shows that access to care "has not decreased for people with the most serious conditions where they were more likely to receive specialty mental health care after 2000. Further, once people enter specialty care, the number of visits appears unrelated to need." However, cost pressures – particularly to rein in prescription drug costs – may still pose a threat to patients outside of the most severe categories who require treatment.
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