Telepsychiatry Increases Access to Mental Health Care

There are not enough mental health clinicians in America to keep up with the demand for them. In an effort to combat this issue, healthcare providers are turning to screens and phones.

Telepsychiatry—mental health care via remote communication, such as computers and phones— is not a new practice in the behavioral health field.  For Regroup, a company headquartered in Ravenswood, telepsychiatry makes mental health services more accessible for individuals living in communities with a lack of clinicians.

According to a June 2018 American Journal of Preventive Medicine report, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychiatric nurse practitioners are not equally distributed across the nation. The study compared and contrasted rural communities and metropolitan areas in terms of quantity and quality of mental health clinicians.

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