Rx for Montana mental healthcare: psychiatry training

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Rx for Montana mental healthcare: psychiatry training

A Billings Gazette editorial explains why Montana should have a psychiatry residency program

An opinion piece in the June 21 edition of the Billings Gazette advocates for the creation of a psychiatry residency training program in Montana. 

The editorial praises existing Montana residency programs in family medicine and internal (adult) medicine.  Building on those strong models for primary care training, the commentary says, Montana must remedy its mental health professional shortage. Many Montanans wait months for a psychiatrist appointment.

The editorial writers note that a residency trainining program could help improve access to psychiatric care.  It might start to remedy the lack of mental health providers to assist military veterans and other people in the state. The newspaper suggests that such program be done in collaboration with the University of Washington, Veterans Affairs and local Montana clinics and hospitals.

Dr. Suzanne B. Murray, director of the UW psychiatric residency program, is quoted in the piece. She discusses the Boise track of the UW psychiatry residency. 

Read more in "Opinion:  A Prescription for Better Montan Mental Health Care"