Mental Health

Counselor to Student Ratio to Increase at CSU

Apr 26, 2018

Mental health advocates say anxiety is up among college students dealing with things like debt and the cost of living. That's prompted a push for more counselors at California State University campuses. Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne has this story.

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A new report from the University of California, San Francisco says California is experiencing a statewide shortage of mental health professionals -- and the problem is especially bad in the Inland Empire. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story. 

Researchers at UC San Francisco’s Healthforce Center found that the Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley have the lowest ratio of mental health professionals to population in California. That means there aren’t enough Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals in these areas.

There's a lack of mental health providers across California, and new research shows that it's only getting worse.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care reporter Sammy Caiola looks into the shortage.

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The California Senate has approved a bill that would allow judges to send criminal defendants suffering from mental disorders to treatment instead of trial.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.