With the United States in the middle of a mental health crisis, anything that can be done to improve access to mental health is beneficial. With drug overdoses as a leading cause of death, and suicide as the second leading cause of death for ages 10-14 and 25-34, mental health treatment is critical. Behavioral health and mental health treatment facilities must implement every tool possible to improve access to treatment and enhance their services. Telehealth is one tool that is greatly impacting and enhancing mental health treatment.
One of the benefits that happened during the COVID-19 pandemic, is that most insurance companies began reimbursing for telehealth services for mental health and behavioral health treatment and are continuing that benefit. In fact, many companies have now given telehealth treatment for mental health and behavioral health a new name, “telemental health” and “telebehavioral health”. Regardless of what it is called, there is no doubt that telehealth services for mental health treatment and behavioral health treatment is making an impact.
Aspire Counseling Services offers telehealth services at all their locations. Evan Cason, Director of Patient Engagement for Aspire, states that over 15% of their patients use telehealth services to access treatment for mental and behavioral health services. The option to be able to connect face-to-face with a counselor or therapist from your own home or office and receive the same treatment as you would in person, is beneficial for many reasons. For some people, traveling to appointments and group meetings can be difficult to manage due to either time constraints or transportation issues; telehealth services eliminate that barrier. For others, there is a comfort and reassurance in being able to remain at home while they receive care.
The American Psychiatric Association lists the following benefits of Telebehavioral and Telemental Health services:
- Improve access to care
- Brings care to patient’s location
- Helps integrate behavioral health care and primary care, creating better outcomes
- Reduces trips to emergency rooms
- Reduces delays in obtaining care
- Improves continuity of care
- Reduces need for time off work or school
- Reduces transportation barriers
- Reduces stigma barriers
Genesis Medical Management recommends that all medical facilities embrace telehealth services and the many benefits they provide. Aspire Counseling Services has seen extreme success in enhancing their mental and behavioral health treatment with telehealth services.
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