NWA Sees Mental Health Care Provider Shortage


There’s a mental health care provider shortage in America, and Northwest Arkansas is no different. 

While it’s critical for children to be seen quickly, many counties have very few or no psychiatrists or psychologists to respond if a child is in need of mental help. 

That’s why one year ago Mercy took steps to meet kids’ needs within their own family doctor’s office. 

“We’ll see patients in clinic, a lot of them are patients we’ve been seeing for years ,” said Cassie Dyer, pediatrician. “They bring us a complaint and mental heath issue and we can go through some algorithm, some tools and some resources that have been provided through the Mercy Kids Virtual health program, and it can help us to really pinpoint what is the real issue, give us a diagnosis and maybe some treatment options.” 

More than 1,200 patients have benefited from the program, and nearly 250 mercy caregivers across the four-state region have been trained. 

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