California Facing Psychiatrist Shortage

July 12, 2018 - 11:18 am

(KNX 1070) - The state's suffering a shortage of mental health professionals and the prognosis is not good.

Experts expect demand to keep going up, as the population grows.

KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta reports:

Maggie Merritt, executive director of The Steinberg Institute, says universities in California are not training enough people to fill the current gap.

Meanwhile, many practicing psychiatrists are heading toward retirement. A governor's spokesperson tells the Sacramento Bee that by 2025, California may be short by as many 1,850 psychiatrists.

Merritt says one way to address the problem would be to train primary care physicians to recognize early signs of mental illness and treat moderate issues.