A mismatch between the supply of psychiatrists and patient demand is causing long wait times for appointments.
One of the main reasons there aren't enough psychiatrists to go around is the sheer volume of patients, according to Pete Carlson. He's head of Behavioral Health for Aurora Health Care.
Carlson says mental health parity laws and the Affordable Care Act have opened the door.
"We have so many more people that have coverage. There's been some improvement in really destigmatizing mental health care, so more people are accessing services," Carlson says.