Telehealth: Transforming Child Mental Health Care November 3, 2017

By Jeanine Miles, LPC from NAMI

Unprecedented need exists for child and adolescent mental health services in today’s communities, however, parents have limited options at their disposal. Shortages of child psychologists and psychiatrists are leaving our most vulnerable populations without care. Currently, all U.S. states are facing high or severe shortages, with many communities lacking even one qualified child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Crisis Behavioral Health Readiness October 18, 2017

By Geoffrey Boyce from Healthcare Financial Management Association

Behavioral health emergencies affecting whole communities can arise suddenly and can be as unpredictable as the weather. Recent natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria serve as reminders that all communities are vulnerable to the kind of crisis exposure that turns lives upside down and results in extensive emotional turmoil.

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Telepsychiatry: Advancing Connected Community Models September 25, 2017

By James Varrell, M.D. from Health IT Outcomes. The concept of “connected community” holds great potential for elevating and improving behavioral health outcomes for all patients. Connected communities proactively address a patient’s whole health—both physical and mental—and benefit from a comprehensive, multi-faceted behavioral health strategy.

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Direct-To-Consumer Online Therapy Services September 15, 2017

A Reference Guide by Open Minds. In the past ten years, the use of telehealth technology has increased with the availability of high quality video connection and virtually ubiquitous internet access. With this rise in technology has come the development of on-demand direct-to-consumer telemental health, available either through video or text messaging. This type of service has the potential to disrupt the traditional health and human services model as facility-based provider organizations cannot compete with the lower cost and increased affordability of these organizations.

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How Telepsychiatry is Carving Out its Healthcare Niche September 7, 2017

By Rajiv Leventhal from Healthcare Informatics. It was nearly 20 years ago when a clinician (non-psychiatrist) brought up the notion of telepsychiatry to James Varrell, M.D., a licensed psychiatrist himself who at the time didn’t know much about the telemedicine subsector. “This was 1999 and it was like voodoo to me,” Varrell says, adding that after that conversation he needed to do his due diligence and research.

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