BUFFALO, N.Y. — More people with significant mental health needs in Western New York and throughout the state are receiving quality psychiatric care in the community, instead of the hospital, thanks to two innovative programs developed by University at Buffalo psychiatrists.
Designed by physicians in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the programs help address the growing need for quality mental health providers in the community, a significant problem, especially for children and adolescents.
“There aren’t enough psychiatrists, and especially child psychiatrists, locally or nationally,” said Steven L. Dubovsky, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who sees patients through UBMD Psychiatry. “As soon as we hire one, their patient load is full immediately.”
In different ways, the UB-led programs, Access to Psychiatrists through Intermediate Care (APIC) and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care (CAP PC), are addressing the state’s critical shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists. They are also demonstrating more cost-effective models of mental health care delivery, Dubovsky said.