Katko eyes solution to address mental health care provider shortage

The co-chairs of the Mental Health Caucus in Congress have proposed legislation to address the lack of mental health care providers in many parts of the country.

U.S. Reps. John Katko and Grace Napolitano introduced a bill that would establish a loan repayment program for mental health care professionals who work in a region where there’s a provider shortage.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that an estimated 111 million Americans live in areas that lack an adequate number of mental health care providers.

Katko, R-Camillus, said the bill he is sponsoring will provide incentives to those who pursue careers in mental health care.

“It will go a long way towards address the current critical shortage in the workforce and ensure more people nationwide struggling with mental illness have access to the care they need.”

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