When people aren't feeling well, they typically visit their primary care office. It is a familiar setting, and if specialty care is needed, a referral is provided. The same should also be true for mental health conditions like depression, substance use disorders and anxiety. Yet, getting a referral for specialty mental health care can be challenging, and many who get a referral do not access care. This happens because of stigma, a shortage of mental health providers, lack of adequate insurance coverage and lack of engagement in treatment.
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