HARRISBURG – Seeking a bipartisan solution to a growing need, some state House Democrats and Republicans plan to introduce legislation addressing the shortage of mental health services in underserved areas. The proposal would establish and administer a program providing funds for postdoctoral psychology internship placements in federally designated underserved areas – both urban and rural – throughout PA. Not only would the program expand access to mental health services, but also provide an opportunity to better train and retain psychologists in the state. A recent CDC report on the effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of adults revealed the share of adults experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression increased from 36.4% to 41.5% between August 2020 and February 2021. This was accompanied by an increase from 9.2% to 11.7% of adults reporting that their mental health care needs went unmet due to a lack of access to services.