October 1st 1997
The psychologists appear to believe that large numbers of untreated mentally ill would get better if their psychologists could prescribe medication for them, thereby making up for a resource-poor and underfunded mental health system. There is no lack of prescribers. Psychiatrists know that the biggest problem for the mentally ill isn't a lack of medication, it is the dearth of supportive services available to augment, among other treatments, the taking of medication. So why are psychologists fleeing the duties they have long been mandated to provide? The answer is simple: Money.