Virginia’s Mental Health System Ranked 42nd for Access to Care

December 27, 2017| Megan Pauly

Mental Health America recently released its 2018 State of Mental Health report. Last year, Virginia ranked 38th. This year, the state’s ranking dropped to 40th overall, and 42nd when it comes to access.

“It’s certainly abysmal, particularly for youth mental health,” said Bruce Cruser, Executive Director for Mental Health America of Virginia.

The Commonwealth fared even worse in terms of its prevalence of untreated youth with depression – ranking 49th. “A lot of it has to do with insurance and access to care,” Cruser said. “Part of it is the lack of trained professionals working in Virginia, particularly for youth. Child psychiatrists, other mental health professionals…there’s a real absence of that in many parts of the state.”

According to a 2016 report from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, there are only 13 child and adolescent psychiatrists for every 100,000 children in Virginia.

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