Report: Shortage of Affordable Mental Health Care in Central Va.

July 25, 2014

A new report out of the University of Virginia says many people in the area are not getting the public mental health services they need.

The report is by UVa. Economics Professor Steven Stern.

The study found that there is a shortage of mental health services for people in need.

Stern says the burden falls onto community service boards like Region Ten, which is facing an ongoing issue with lack of funding.

"Dr. Stern’s paper just underscores that once again if you’re going to provide the types of service that the most needy, the most vulnerable folks in Region Ten need, you're going to have to fund it more adequately than we currently do," says Region Ten Executive Director Robert Johnson.

Johnson says the other factor facing those suffering from issues is the stigma that surrounds mental health programs.

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