McNeill resolution puts focus on mental health care provider shortage

HARRISBURG, June 5 – The state House of Representatives this week unanimously adopted a resolution that directs the Joint State Government Commission to study the mental health care provider shortage in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s author, Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh.

“By understanding how we can improve the ways in which we support those working in mental health care, we have the power to change people’s lives,” McNeill said. “It is imperative we focus attention and resources to find meaningful solutions. I look forward to working with my colleagues and medical professionals to learn how Pennsylvania can find a remedy to this issue.”

The study will work to identify factors behind the state shortages, make projections on the number of mental health care providers in Pennsylvania in the future, make recommendations on how to solve the disparity in the number of mental health care providers in rural counties compared to urban and suburban counties and any other solutions needed to stop and reverse the mental health care provider shortage.

McNeill noted and thanked her fellow legislators for their support in improving mental health services in Pennsylvania.

Findings and recommendations from the study will be reported to the House no later than one year after the adoption of this resolution.