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Wisconsin faces ‘significant shortage’ of psychiatrists, experts say

Wednesday, November 7, 2018  
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Editor's note: WPA Executive Council Member, Angel Janis, MD, was recently featured by The Badger Herald in an article discussing psychiatrist shortage in Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin faces ‘significant shortage’ of psychiatrists, experts say
Nov. 6, The Badger Herald 

According to a press release by the Wisconsin Policy Forum, 76 percent of Wisconsin counties face a “significant shortage” of psychiatrists, with 20 having no psychiatrists at all.

The shortage and subsequent lack of care are not surprising to Angela Janis, University Health Services co-director of mental health services and director of psychiatric services.

“[Psychiatric professionals have] known it’s sort of coming — and that it’s also probably going to get worse before it gets better,” Janis said.

Janis cited a few different reasons why this shortage came about, one being the sheer influx of patients. That influx, she said, has to do with the increase in mental health care parity.

More than ever, people have the ability to see a mental health care provider and seek the care that they need, Janis said.

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