Jul 7, 2017
Behavioral Health and Virtual Care leaders discuss best practices and lessons learned while providing insights on how to implement and scale a Tele-Behavioral Health Program at a tertiary care center across a system of small, rural hospitals and clinics. Mission Health in Asheville, NC, started providing Telepsychiatry services in its system hospitals in 2011 and has since from partial ED coverage by a Telepsychiatrist to a comprehensive Tele-Behavioral Health program. The program now includes crisis evaluation, disposition management, substance abuse, and Telepsychiatry coverage 24/7 to all system hospitals and is rapidly expanding into ambulatory clinics for crisis and prevention consults.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $957,510 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.