Psychiatrists in Montebello, NY

Samantha Vassor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montebello, NY 10901  (Online Only)
Whether you are experiencing mood swings, life transitions, lack of motivation, trauma, or just have a general need for a safe, nonjudgmental and open space to process life’s obstacles, I am here to walk alongside you on your journey towards healing. My name is Samantha Vassor and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. With several years of behavioral health experience across the life spans in underserved populations within various settings, and witnessing the effects of underestimated and overlooked mental health needs of close loved ones, I bring empathy, enthusiasm, and compassion to the field.
Whether you are experiencing mood swings, life transitions, lack of motivation, trauma, or just have a general need for a safe, nonjudgmental and open space to process life’s obstacles, I am here to walk alongside you on your journey towards healing. My name is Samantha Vassor and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. With several years of behavioral health experience across the life spans in underserved populations within various settings, and witnessing the effects of underestimated and overlooked mental health needs of close loved ones, I bring empathy, enthusiasm, and compassion to the field.
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Nelson Romero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New City, NY 10956
I am a PMHNP deeply dedicated to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and thorough mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. My robust clinical abilities complement my innate capacity to establish strong connections with patients and their families. My practice is rooted in evidence-based guidelines, combining clinical expertise with personal observation and intuition. I prioritize interdisciplinary education and foster collaboration among healthcare professionals, emphasizing a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and well-being.
I am a PMHNP deeply dedicated to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and thorough mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. My robust clinical abilities complement my innate capacity to establish strong connections with patients and their families. My practice is rooted in evidence-based guidelines, combining clinical expertise with personal observation and intuition. I prioritize interdisciplinary education and foster collaboration among healthcare professionals, emphasizing a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and well-being.
(845) 660-6178 View (845) 660-6178
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Olanrewaju Olukitibi
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
My name is Olanrewaju Olukitibi MD MPH, aka Dr. 'O', I did my psychiatry residency training at College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University at Harlem Hospital Center and got my MPH degree at Emory University. I want my clients to feel that their feelings are heard and validated, that they feel supported and recognized, and that their mental health is treated with the same level of importance as their physical health
My name is Olanrewaju Olukitibi MD MPH, aka Dr. 'O', I did my psychiatry residency training at College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University at Harlem Hospital Center and got my MPH degree at Emory University. I want my clients to feel that their feelings are heard and validated, that they feel supported and recognized, and that their mental health is treated with the same level of importance as their physical health
(845) 513-3875 View (845) 513-3875
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Shakeeb Hussain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nanuet, NY 10954
I work with a collaborative group of providers at Clearwave Psychiatry where we provide in-person appointments as well as telehealth appointments. Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
I work with a collaborative group of providers at Clearwave Psychiatry where we provide in-person appointments as well as telehealth appointments. Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
(914) 825-4271 View (914) 825-4271
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Nechama Keller-Sabel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
As a board certified licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have undertaken to help individuals restore their vitality and resume a life of meaning and purpose. Depression, anxiety, trauma, hyperactivity, and stress are some of the issues that are part of ones complicated life that can lead to dysfunction and suffering. A compassionate approach with an emphasis on ones cultural background, life experiences, and ones personal needs, help to shape the focus of my treatment. Setting realistic and far reaching goals that help individuals not only return to the life they once knew, but concentrate on a brighter and successful future filled with joy and accomplishment.
As a board certified licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have undertaken to help individuals restore their vitality and resume a life of meaning and purpose. Depression, anxiety, trauma, hyperactivity, and stress are some of the issues that are part of ones complicated life that can lead to dysfunction and suffering. A compassionate approach with an emphasis on ones cultural background, life experiences, and ones personal needs, help to shape the focus of my treatment. Setting realistic and far reaching goals that help individuals not only return to the life they once knew, but concentrate on a brighter and successful future filled with joy and accomplishment.
(845) 363-6447 View (845) 363-6447
Amandeep Bhandal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Nyack, NY 10994
My name is Amandeep Bhandal. I am board certified adult Psychiatrist. I did my adult residency at Harlem Hospital, NY and my fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, PA. I am invested in providing care to children and their caregivers and to young adults. My area of interest is geared towards populations with Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, anxiety conditions and trauma. I believe in working with my patients towards optimal health.
My name is Amandeep Bhandal. I am board certified adult Psychiatrist. I did my adult residency at Harlem Hospital, NY and my fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, PA. I am invested in providing care to children and their caregivers and to young adults. My area of interest is geared towards populations with Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, anxiety conditions and trauma. I believe in working with my patients towards optimal health.
(914) 350-5705 View (914) 350-5705
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Saron Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanuet, NY 10954
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
(845) 640-5693 View (845) 640-5693
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Deirdre Mullen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
West Nyack, NY 10994
Deirdre Mullen is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. She has been caring for diverse communities of patients for almost thirty years working mostly in Manhattan. She began her career as an RN in 1993 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and received her MSN from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2000. While working as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Deirdre began to notice a lack of psychiatric services available when she referred patients for assistance with their mental health.
Deirdre Mullen is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. She has been caring for diverse communities of patients for almost thirty years working mostly in Manhattan. She began her career as an RN in 1993 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and received her MSN from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2000. While working as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Deirdre began to notice a lack of psychiatric services available when she referred patients for assistance with their mental health.
(914) 335-3523 View (914) 335-3523
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Elizabeth Feingold
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Monsey, NY 10952
I am a Columbia/Cornell trained, triple board certified psychiatrist with broad training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, forensic psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry. I work with patients to get practical outcomes, such as improving school or work performance, relationships, or self-esteem.
I am a Columbia/Cornell trained, triple board certified psychiatrist with broad training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, forensic psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry. I work with patients to get practical outcomes, such as improving school or work performance, relationships, or self-esteem.
(917) 832-1923 View (917) 832-1923
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Dominic Joseph Ferro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanuet, NY 10954
I am a general psychiatrist treating a wide array of psychiatric problems. I have experience with patients with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders as well as ADHD. I also treat adolescents with these problems. I also have experience working with people with personality disorders. I work with some people psychotherapeutically, but I also perform diagnostic assessments and psychopharmacology consultation for people in therapy with other mental health professionals. I am also certified to treat opiate dependence with buprenorphine (Suboxone).
I am a general psychiatrist treating a wide array of psychiatric problems. I have experience with patients with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders as well as ADHD. I also treat adolescents with these problems. I also have experience working with people with personality disorders. I work with some people psychotherapeutically, but I also perform diagnostic assessments and psychopharmacology consultation for people in therapy with other mental health professionals. I am also certified to treat opiate dependence with buprenorphine (Suboxone).
(845) 443-7334 View (845) 443-7334
Clovis Raymond
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bardonia, NY 10954
Welcome to the private psychiatric practice of Clovis Raymond, M.D., serving children, adolescents, and adults. Our goal is to provide you and your family timely, comprehensive, respectful, quality services in a safe and pleasant clinical environment.
Welcome to the private psychiatric practice of Clovis Raymond, M.D., serving children, adolescents, and adults. Our goal is to provide you and your family timely, comprehensive, respectful, quality services in a safe and pleasant clinical environment.
(845) 704-2768 View (845) 704-2768
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One Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
New City, NY 10956  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Khatija Bukhari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Nyack, NY 10994
Seeking a psychiatrist for oneself or a family member can be a daunting process. Recognizing this, I work to put the entire family at ease through my unique approach to treatment. I describe myself as family-centered, meaning that I cater not just to the patient, but to their entire family. Through a comprehensive intake process that takes into account cultural perspectives, I assess the individual from a developmental, biological, and psycho-social perspective. I view my patients as complex individuals who are so much more than a diagnosis. My preferred modality is pharmacotherapy, though I also provide psychotherapy.
Seeking a psychiatrist for oneself or a family member can be a daunting process. Recognizing this, I work to put the entire family at ease through my unique approach to treatment. I describe myself as family-centered, meaning that I cater not just to the patient, but to their entire family. Through a comprehensive intake process that takes into account cultural perspectives, I assess the individual from a developmental, biological, and psycho-social perspective. I view my patients as complex individuals who are so much more than a diagnosis. My preferred modality is pharmacotherapy, though I also provide psychotherapy.
(845) 731-6126 View (845) 731-6126
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Katie Lindenbaum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New City, NY 10956  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management for adults with mental health concerns. I incorporate supportive psychotherapy in my sessions and take a holistic approach, placing emphasis on lifestyle modifications, sleep hygiene, and nutrition. I have worked in different roles in oncology for over 9 years and provide support to individuals who have been affected by cancer (oncology patients, survivors, caregivers, and individuals experiencing loss). I have a strong understanding of the unique needs that can arise through all phases of the cancer journey.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management for adults with mental health concerns. I incorporate supportive psychotherapy in my sessions and take a holistic approach, placing emphasis on lifestyle modifications, sleep hygiene, and nutrition. I have worked in different roles in oncology for over 9 years and provide support to individuals who have been affected by cancer (oncology patients, survivors, caregivers, and individuals experiencing loss). I have a strong understanding of the unique needs that can arise through all phases of the cancer journey.
(914) 218-6069 View (914) 218-6069
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William Andrew Sterling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
Dr. William Sterling is a psychiatrist in clinical and forensic practice. He completed medical school at SUNY Downstate College Of Medicine, residency at Zucker-Hillside Hospital/Hofstra-Northwell, and fellowship in forensic psychiatric at New York University. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has been in private practice since 2021. Dr. Sterling works primarily as a forensic evaluator, and is available as an expert witness on a variety of topics. Those topics include:
Dr. William Sterling is a psychiatrist in clinical and forensic practice. He completed medical school at SUNY Downstate College Of Medicine, residency at Zucker-Hillside Hospital/Hofstra-Northwell, and fellowship in forensic psychiatric at New York University. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has been in private practice since 2021. Dr. Sterling works primarily as a forensic evaluator, and is available as an expert witness on a variety of topics. Those topics include:
(929) 460-0434 View (929) 460-0434
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Dr. Ruiy Shah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spring Valley, NY 10977  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My educational background was primarily in cognitive and clinical psychology research. While in school, I had the opportunity to interact with many mental healthcare providers in the field. Although I loved researching and contributing to the development of our collective knowledge of mental health, I felt I could impart the most good in a direct care role. I graduated with high honors from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College before earning my master's and doctorate degrees in nursing from Columbia University.
My educational background was primarily in cognitive and clinical psychology research. While in school, I had the opportunity to interact with many mental healthcare providers in the field. Although I loved researching and contributing to the development of our collective knowledge of mental health, I felt I could impart the most good in a direct care role. I graduated with high honors from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College before earning my master's and doctorate degrees in nursing from Columbia University.
(646) 845-0417 View (646) 845-0417
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Amy Berretta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
New City, NY 10956
Are you suffering with anxiety, depression, and sleep issues? I provide a safe and open environment to help assess and address these issues. If you are eager and willing to help improve your quality of life and start living, I am here to help you. Providing services for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, sleep issues as well as many other mental health conditions.
Are you suffering with anxiety, depression, and sleep issues? I provide a safe and open environment to help assess and address these issues. If you are eager and willing to help improve your quality of life and start living, I am here to help you. Providing services for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, sleep issues as well as many other mental health conditions.
(845) 609-0670 View (845) 609-0670
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Monique Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New City, NY 10956  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Accepting New Patients MAY 2024. Sometimes it's hard to accept that you may need more than "a little help" and do not know where to start. Maybe you are beyond that stage and is looking for the right fit to continue your psychiatric needs; If you are looking for a warm, non judgmental atmosphere where your treatment is looked as a partnership, then you have made the right choice. Complete the intake form at www.drscottnp.com/intake-form
Accepting New Patients MAY 2024. Sometimes it's hard to accept that you may need more than "a little help" and do not know where to start. Maybe you are beyond that stage and is looking for the right fit to continue your psychiatric needs; If you are looking for a warm, non judgmental atmosphere where your treatment is looked as a partnership, then you have made the right choice. Complete the intake form at www.drscottnp.com/intake-form
(845) 630-0834 View (845) 630-0834
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Patricia M Waite
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pomona, NY 10970
Find caring and competent treatment at Essential Medical, where we support your mental well-being. We are here for you! Let Essential Medical partner with you on your journey to a better you.
Find caring and competent treatment at Essential Medical, where we support your mental well-being. We are here for you! Let Essential Medical partner with you on your journey to a better you.
(845) 493-3018 View (845) 493-3018
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Jason Dean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monsey, NY 10952  (Online Only)
Dr. Dean is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Dean delves deep into the root causes of anxiety and behavioral issues. Unlike many psychiatrists, Dr. Dean understands that symptoms are merely the surface of a much larger picture. By treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, Dr. Dean uncovers the underlying issues in social-emotional development, paving the way for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Dr. Dean is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Dean delves deep into the root causes of anxiety and behavioral issues. Unlike many psychiatrists, Dr. Dean understands that symptoms are merely the surface of a much larger picture. By treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, Dr. Dean uncovers the underlying issues in social-emotional development, paving the way for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
(551) 239-1303 View (551) 239-1303

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Psychiatrists in Montebello, NY who prioritize treating:

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How Psychiatrists in Montebello, NY see their clients

100% Online Only

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montebello?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.