National Policy Considerations
- State Licensure & Collaborative Agreements
- Case Management
In the spirit of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, here are information and resources to bolster equity in treatment by reducing mental health disparities related to telemental health care.
Learn More about rural subpopulations that may benefit from telehealth.
Legal, ethical and best practice guidelines:
Barriers to telemental health in rural areas:
Some barriers for older adults and techology are listed. Learn more about these barriers here.
Children’s mental health is in crisis. Roughly 15% of youth (12-17) report suffering from at least one major depressive episode in the past year (www.mhanational.org; Abramson, 2022)
The LGBTQIA+ community experiences’ significant health care disparities. There are significantly higher rates of suicide, particularly in LGBTQ+ youth. Inclusivity and sensitivity of telemental health providers can save lives, particularly since there may be a lack of appropriate and accepting providers in less populated areas.
Drug overdose deaths are on the rise, and it is essential to find ways to deliver care to the substance use population and encourage recovery. Telehealth adds another delivery option and potentially helps in the reduction of stigma related to substance use. There is an opportunity with video telehealth to assess the patient in their home environment, adding additional avenues to intervene and engage with the patient.