Local study finds shortage in healthcare access

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) --- A lack in access to health care has become increasingly evident according to mental health professionals in the area. The Rockford Regional Health council Healthy Community study finds a 62% impact in Winnebago and Boone counties.

With a significant disproportion in mental health providers, there's one provider for every 660 people compared to 310 people for every one provider on a national scale.

Local organizations and counseling services are working to bridge the gap.

"We're trying to do the best of bringing new talent into the area as well as bringing young talent meaning not chronologically young but young into the field," says founder and executive director of KP Counseling, Kevin Polky.