Telehealth - Closing the Mental Health Care Gap

Telehealth - Closing the Mental Health Care Gap
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    This is the Madison Health Resource Center and this is the room that we bring our clients
    in and get them ready to see a counselor.
    There are so many people in this day that really need the mental health counseling.
    When I was going through a difficult time, at the lose of my husband, I was able to do
    grief counseling here in a group which really helped me so much and not only myself, but
    other people in the community.
    The Telehealth Counseling Clinic is a unique mental health service that we provide through
    this joint partnership that we developed with our counseling psychology doctoral program,
    our doctoral students, and the support of the College of Education and Human Development,
    and the work we were doing with colleagues in public health.
    Telehealth is a mental health service.
    We offer these services remotely to five different sites throughout the Brazos Valley.
    These are areas that previously had no access to mental health services.
    I'll show you the kind of the room here.
    Now this is one of our counseling rooms.
    We also use this room for, you know, any kind of supervision meetings or anything that we
    have, but here's the set up.
    We have just a T.V. here.
    So the clients will go to this site and I'm going to call in right now and I believe I'm
    going to speak to one of our volunteers over there.
    How are you doing today?
    I'm good, how about yourself?
    The best performing counties in the country have a ratio of about 1 provider to every 377 individuals.
    Some of our counties that we serve have ratios as high as 1 to 19,000.
    We are probably the only accredited doctoral program that I know of throughout the country
    that offers training to doctoral students in tele-psychology.
    Texas A&M was the only school that I'd seen or interviewed with that specialized in this
    type of care.
    Other universities are actually coming to us now and saying "how can we kind of replicate
    your model here?"
    And that's actually what I hope to do as well in the future.
    I want to go back to Kentucky and I want to go work and partner with other universities
    there to help them start up their own clinic, but also to start treating the populations,
    the rural populations of Kentucky, where I'm from.
    I mean it's about the research, the service, the loyalty, is what makes a community model
    fit like this.
    We've got folks at A&M that are willing to get out into the communities and identify
    needs and then meet those needs and work with the community partners and engage them and
    build capacity and rely on their knowledge and expertise of their local communities.
    We're out trying to get our hands dirty and really make the research and the training
    that's happening on campus have a meaningful impact on the communities that surround us.
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