When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented in 2019, it will have extended health insurance to nearly 4 million previously uninsured people with severe mental disorders.1 This expansion in health insurance, the largest in a generation, is arriving at a time when the nation's capacity to deliver mental health care is already under considerable strain; the number of individuals with unmet mental health service needs nearly doubled between 1997 and 2010.2 Implementation of the ACA will compound demands on the mental health management skills of primary care physicians and force more sparing and efficient use of mental health specialists. To meet the mental health care needs of newly insured individuals, health policy makers and clinicians need to leverage opportunities within the ACA to increase availability of well-established, but currently underutilized, evidence-based treatments for serious mental illnesses. Opportunities exist to extend the use of evidence-based interventions across a range of psychiatric disorders from the management of depression and anxiety disorders by primary care physicians to the care of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia by mental health specialists.
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 1
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
JAMA: 2013-10-02, Vol. 310, No. 13, Author Reading
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.