Telepsychiatry for Community Mental Health Centers

With over 10 years of experience in serving in community mental health centers FasPsych has worked with hundreds of community mental health facilities to develop a comprehensive, low cost, behavioral health solution to help facilities increase the breadth of services they can offer the individuals in their community.
Telehealth Benefits
According to the American Medical Association, the total number of physicians in the U.S. increased by 45 percent from 1995 to 2013, while the number of adult and child psychiatrists rose by only 12 percent, from 43,640 to 49,079. During that span, the U.S. population increased by about 37 percent; meanwhile, millions more Americans have become eligible for mental health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Psychiatrists are now the second most highly recruited physicians after family physicians, according to the 2017 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives. The report, prepared by physician staffing firm Merritt Hawkins, tracks the more than 3,200 physician and advanced practitioner recruiting assignments the firm conducted from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Furthermore, the report indicates that the firm conducted more searches for psychiatrists in the last year than it has in any previous 12 months in the firm's 30-year history. Other firms report similar problems.
Telepsychiatry for Mental Health Centers
Federal health authorities have designated about 4,000 areas in the U.S. as having a shortage of mental health professionals - areas with more than 30,000 people per psychiatrist. Looking forward, mental health experts agree that expanding the use of telepsychiatry will greatly enable psychiatric professionals to serve more patients in expanded regions, including individuals with limited mobility such as elderly people and prison inmates.

Delays in accessing psychiatric services occur in all clinical settings. Private clinics, group practices and individual offices are not immune to lack of timely access. However, a report released in 2017 by the National Council for Behavioral Health states that the most extended delays in outpatient care occur in publicly-funded community behavioral health centers.

FasPsych has been working with CMHCs for over 10 years and has worked with hundreds of organizations to provide access to psychiatrists and psychiatric advance practice registered nurses who can augment the services being provided on-site.

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