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The problem with the mentally ill is exasperbated by the lack of services available to those that are less fortunate. As a psychologist, I have tried to find a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner to prescribe psychotropic medications to clients who have Medicare and/or Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan OHP) as their insurance. After spending about 8 hours telephoning various providers, I could not find a single psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practioner willing to able to take these insurances. Physicians are unwilling to take new Medicare patients becuase of the low payment and complicated paper work required. OHP is unwilling to contract with anyone in Multnomah County except Western Psychological, Cascadia, or Lifeworks. But these 3 agenicies do not have any counselors that can accept Medicare and they require counseling before they will consider prescribing medication. So anyone with Medicare and OHP (which is the vast majority of chronically mentally ill) cannot go anywhere. It is extremely frustrating. OHP will not return my phone calls. --Dr. Charles O'Bannon, Licensed Psychologist 503-618-8041
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