Health care professional looks at new study, explains what needs to change to make finding mental health care easier

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are 60 million adults and children who live with mental health conditions in the United States, and nearly 30 million of them go without treatment.

You can see from the graphic below that finding a mental health therapist provider is more than twice as hard as finding a specialist or a primary care provider.

Rate of difficulty in finding a provider

A new report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, breaks down why.  The executive director of NAMI Kansas, Rick Cagan, joined Fox 4's Nick Vasos Thursday to share more on the report that says it is easier to get physical health care than it is to get mental health care. Cagan, in the video above, explains what he thinks needs to happen to make access to mental health care easier.

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