Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Launches Telepsychiatry Program in Lincoln County, Montana

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center of Libby, Montana, has partnered with InSight, a national telepsychiatry service provider organization, to bring telepsychiatry services to their emergency department.  This innovative new program will ensure individuals in Lincoln County in need of psychiatric treatment will have access to timely, quality care.

Libby, MT – Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital, and InSight Telepsychiatry are pleased to announce a new partnership to increase emergency psychiatric coverage so that individuals in crisis are able to get the care they need more quickly.

Telepsychiatry is the delivery of psychiatry through real-time videoconferencing. It is proven to be an effective form of care delivery and a convenient, cost-effective way to safely expand psychiatric support at a hospital without the challenge of staffing an in-person psychiatry provider.

The program is designed to lessen wait times for psychiatric evaluations, admission, and treatment decisions. The partnership gives Cabinet Peaks Medical Center staff access to a team of remote psychiatrists who can do psychiatric evaluations and consultations through telehealth using video calls. Nurses and emergency department physicians can now connect patients with a remote telepsychiatry provider in as little as an hour.

All InSight telepsychiatry providers are licensed in Montana and trained to provide care to Cabinet Peaks patients in the same way as all onsite providers. Cabinet Peaks’ partnership with InSight will help transform care in the emergency department and increase efficiency so that all patients are able to receive the care they need.

Mental health is a top concern in Montana, as many individuals in the state are living with mental health disorders.  In fact, Mental Health America ranks Montana 46 out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. for prevalence of mental health and substance use issues.[1]  And, at nearly double the national average, Montana has the highest suicide rate in the United States with more than 28 suicides per 100,000 people.

Further compounding the problem, there is a significant shortage of mental health professionals in the state, so many residents are not receiving the treatment they need.  In Lincoln County alone, the ratio of population to mental health providers is 510:1, compared to the state ratio of 360:1.[2]  This means that more than 85% of Montana’s population has inadequate access to psychiatry.[3]

“This telepsychiatry program will help us to better provide our patients with the mental health care they need and deserve,” stated Anita Ivankovig, Chief Operating Officer for Cabinet Peaks.  “Mavis Vaillancourt, local LCSW, LAC, LLC, who has been providing our mental health evaluations for some time has done a fantastic job for our community.   This program will be an addition to these services and the processes we already have in place.”

“Telepsychiatry gives communities unprecedented access to mental health care specialists. We are pleased to partner with Cabinet Peaks Medical Center to offer this service.  Telepsychiatry is a great solution, not only in Montana, but also in many other states across the nation where there is significant mental health need and a shortage of psychiatry providers” said Shawn Ball, Chief Operating Officer at InSight.

 About Cabinet Peaks

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital which lies at the foot of the Cabinet Mountains and is 90 miles from the closest tertiary hospital.  The medical center is extremely progressive for its small size, dictated in part by its remote location.  CPMC offers a wide range of services including general surgery, obstetrics, a family medicine clinic, and a 24-7 physician staffed emergency room.  The rural hospital also offers an array of ancillary services including nutrition and diabetes education; sleep lab; cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation; chemotherapy and infusion; respiratory therapy; laboratory services; rehabilitative services which providers physical, speech, and occupational therapy; and a full scale imaging department including a state-of-the-art wide bore MRI and 64-slice CT scanner.  The mission of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is “Committed to Quality, Compassionate Care”, and its vision is to meet the ever-changing needs of their community for health, healing, and comfort.  Learn more at www.cabinetpeaks.org.

About InSight Telepsychiatry

InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization with a mission to increase access to quality behavioral health care through innovative applications of technology.  InSight has over two decades of telepsychiatry experience and serves hundreds of organizations across the country with its on-demand, scheduled services and Inpathy divisions. InSight is uniquely positioned to offer scalable telepsychiatry services in settings across the continuum of care. InSight has a diverse team of psychiatry providers, a robust internal infrastructure and a history of adapting its programs to fit the needs of a variety of different settings and populations.  InSight has led the growth of the telepsychiatry industry and remains an industry thought leader and advocate.  To learn more about telepsychiatry and how it can benefit you or your organization, visit www.InSightTelepsychiatry.com.

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[1] Ranking the States. (2015). Mental Health America. Retrieved 2 August 2019, from https://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/ranking-states

[2] (2019). Countyhealthrankings.org. Retrieved 2 August 2019, from https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/montana/2019/rankings/lincoln/county/factors/overall/snapshot

[3] Mental Health Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). (2019). The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved 2 August 2019, from https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/mental-health-care-health-professional-shortage-areas-hpsas/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D