Right now, a patient can wait up to four months for an appointment with a psychiatrist. The problem is particularly bad in rural areas.
Half of the counties in Illinois do not even have a psychiatrist. More prescribing doctors would mean patients can get the care they need faster.
Critics argue letting psychologists prescribe medications is not safe though. Psychologists have extensive training, but are not medical doctors like psychiatrists are.
Many psychiatrists argue psychologists simply can not prescribe safely since they do not have a background with different kinds of patients. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels has more.