Improving Access to Mental Health Treatment


Programs/Projects To Increase Access:

Projects and programs such as the National Health Service Corps, rural health outreach grants, assistance on applying for J-1 visa waivers, a North Carolina project, and other creative solutions are contained in this section.

Doctors Across New York is a state-funded initiative enacted in 2008 to help train and place physicians in underserved communities in a variety of settings and specialties to care for New York’s diverse population. In October 2008, the New York State Department of Health is expected to release Request For Applications (RFAs) for the Physician Loan Repayment and the Physician Practice Support Programs.

For more information contact:
NYS Council on Graduate Medical Education
Bureau of HCRA Operations and Financial Analysis or Workforce Development Unit
Council on Graduate Medical Education Website.

Articles and Resources

Exciting projects to improve access to medical care are described in these articles.


Examples of state legislation offer proposals on loan repayment, J-1 waiver programs, physician recruitment, tax credits, integrated care projects, and psychiatry development programs.

CALFORNIA  Authorizes California personal income tax credits for a medical professional practicing in rural areas

Authorizing use of telemedicine in mental health services under Colorado Medicaid  

IDAHO  Establishes “Idaho Conrad J-1 Via Waiver Program” to authorize 30 foreign-trained physicians annually to locate in workforce shortage communities.

IOWA Iowa bill for recruitment and retention of psychiatrists   

INDIANA  Creates Indiana public sector psychiatry development program

ILLINOIS  Adds Psychiatry to definition of “primary care physician” in Illinois  Enacted in 2007, Act 95-0016 requires the Illinois Health and Family Services Department to pay psychiatrists and federally-qualified health centers for telepsychiatry ser

MAINE & NEW HAMPSHIRE -- How ME and NH Passed Laws Mandating Insurer Payment for Telemedicine

NEW YORK  Establishes the NY child psychiatry access demonstration project

PENNSYLVANIA  Establishes child psychiatrist loan forgiveness program in Pennsylvania

SOUTH CAROLINA Reimburses student loan payments of physicians completing fellowships in geropsychiatry who practice in South Carolina for five years

VIRGINA     Virginia S.B. 675, enacted in 2010, requires insurers to cover medical services delivered by video or audio conferencing media.  -- Payment for Telemedicine Required in Virginia