Network Adequacy and Equity Both at Play in Access to Mental Health Care

In an article published this week in The Atlantic, it cites a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, which suggests psychotherapists are more likely to offer appointments to middle-class white people than to middle-class African-Americans or to working-class people of any race.

Patient advocacy groups, like The Mental Health Association of Maryland have long complained that not only are there not enough therapists available in carrier networks, but that not enough therapists accept private insurance, forcing many of their patients to pay high out-of-pocket rates. For those lucky enough to have insurance, wait times for an appointment can be months. Not ideal when dealing with mental illness.