ColumnsThe Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems; Working Toward Solutions: Part 3. Access to CarePLAKUN, ERIC M. MDAuthor Information PLAKUN: Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA, and Founder, American Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Caucus, Washington, DC The author declares no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Eric M. Plakun, MD, Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Psychiatric Practice: May 2020 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 228-234 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000466 Buy Metrics Abstract This column is the third in a series summarizing the 2-day Centennial Conference of the Austen Riggs Center. The conference framed problems in access to care and in the nature of care provided that are part of a mental health crisis in America and then worked to propose solutions. This column addresses problems with access to care and summarizes the conference’s closing keynote by Peter Fonagy, PhD, OBE, addressing issues both of access to care and of the nature of care provided. These issues play roles in ultimately “bending the curve” to improve outcomes for those struggling with mental and substance use disorders. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.