U.S. needs 30,000 more child psychiatrists – to prescribe drugs

Teachers are already being forced to provide services well beyond their education and experience.

Teachers are already being forced to provide services well beyond their education and experience.

How to utilize the American Education system to funnel children into psychiatric care: psychiatrists have become “drug dealers” for the Big Pharma Cartel – it makes perfect business sense to turn schools into “profit centers” for the drug industry.

US Mental Health Services Ranked by State Nancy A. Melville Medscape. Jan 13, 2015.

Medscape is a site catering to doctors. The study summarized on Medscape was funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers:The researchers received support from Eli Lilly and Company, Genentech, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc, and Lundbeck US.”

Link to full text at end of excerpt.

Psychiatrist Shortage

A glimpse of figures from Massachusetts, a state that already had a health system similar to that established by the ACA (Obamacare) suggests that even with widespread insurance coverage, access to mental health treatment can still be a challenge.

According to the report, although only 1% of adults with any mental illness were uninsured in Massachusetts, an estimated 20.4% reported having an unmet need.

Among key barriers to mental health care across the country has been a significant shortage of psychiatrists. According to the report, there is only one mental health care provider for every 790 individuals.

And an even greater need is anticipated under the ACA, said Renee Binder, MD, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

“The country will need an additional 30,000 child psychiatrists to meet the needs generated by the expanded coverage under the ACA, and we currently only have 8000, so we need to triple the number of child psychiatrists,” she told Medscape Medical News.

The APA has been proactive in addressing the shortage through several avenues, including pushing for integrative programs to extend the reach of psychiatrists throughout the healthcare system and the community, she noted.

“The APA has been promoting new systems of collaborative care, with psychiatrists working together with other specialties, including primary care providers and pediatricians,” she said.

Aiming for Early Intervention

Efforts have also included expanding the educational system, with a program offered through the America Psychiatric Foundation called Typical or Trouble, designed to help teachers identify behaviors that warrant intervention.

“Early intervention is very important in addressing mental health issues,” Dr Binder said.

“Studies have shown that identifying people with potential problems early on can be very essential in improving outcomes, and since teachers can be the best ones to identify problems early, it makes sense to educate them on what to look for,” she added.

Gionfriddo (researcher) echoed the sentiment regarding the need to address mental illness as early as possible. In the report, he noted his own personal experience with a son with schizophrenia and how he could have benefited from the MHA’s emphasis on an early intervention approach dubbed “B4Stage4.”

“We have to stop waiting until mental illnesses reach Stage 4 to treat them,” he writes.

“By Stage 4, problems are so far advanced that even with the best treatments available, recovery is often compromised.” Gionfriddo underscored the fact that half of all mental health concerns manifest by age 14 years.

“[We need to] give children the support they need to stay and succeed in school and young adults the support they need to live and work independently,” he said. “And we need to change our thinking from crisis intervention to support and recovery.”

“The best-ranked states remind us that recovery is not only possible, it’s to be expected when intervention comes early.”

Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015. Full text

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Once again we see the failure to predict consequences of legislation such as Obamacare: Access to insurance does not improve the quality of mental health care. Evaluation of all children will devolve onto teachers and school systems that already are tasked with social engineering goals that push aside academics and are increasingly overwhelmed as the fallback institutions that are expected to carry out everything but teaching. Nor will teachers, who will likely have little more education than a seminar or two on mental health, in any way be able to take over the work of evaluating so-called childhood “pathologies”.

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One thought on “U.S. needs 30,000 more child psychiatrists – to prescribe drugs

  1. As in there is ‘one true correct way of being’ – and all devients must be forcibly crammed into that mold?

    One wonders why this is so? As usual, the first thought I have is ‘why, it’s Magic(k)al, of course’ -“being of one mind, then nothing will be beyond them.” Oh, and the *fixers* will increase their own standing in the dominance hierarchy.

    Money is strictly a secondary concern, because when one has a high-enough social rank, then getting money (and a whole lot else) is easy.

    Just find some lower-ranked person or group, beat them up, and take your justly-deserved reward from them. After all, they ***owe*** you – owe you worship, fealty, and the intoxication of power.

    You owe ***them*** nothing. You have rank on them.

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