The increasing number of people experiencing mental health issues is creating a burden on the state’s mental health system.

Advancing behavioral health in North Carolina includes an increase in both inpatient and outpatient mental health services. Hospitals are working to build facilities to offer more inpatient services to those needing psychiatric treatment.

Experts say an array of services are need: from readily available therapy appointments to community wellness centers to intensive outpatient treatment centers to psychiatric hospitals. Most importantly, patients need health insurance and insurance companies willing to pay for those services at the same rates they pay other health services.

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