InSight Telepsychiatry Writes to Modify the New York Office of Mental Health’s Proposed Regulations Regarding Telemental Health

Marlton, NJ, March 27, 2019: In response to The New York Office of Mental Health’s proposed regulations to define standards for appropriate telemental health in its New York codes and regulations, InSight Telepsychiatry has written to suggest changes to the language in order to improve access to behavioral healthcare.

As they are currently written, the proposed regulations would put New York behind other states in terms of telemental health and would unnecessarily restrict a solution intended to increase access to timely, quality care to New York residents. They would also significantly limit the impact of the telehealth parity law enacted by Governor Cuomo in 2014.

Additionally, the proposed regulations do not appear to properly reflect how telemental health services are being used by a large number of telemental health providers throughout the nation. They also do not take into account trends in telemental health that extend care to new and more convenient locations for both the provider and the patient.

InSight applauds New York’s desire to increase access to care through telehealth and appreciates that the Office of Mental Health gave the opportunity for interested parties to review and comment on the proposed regulations

To modify regulations to the advantage of all parties, InSight has suggested several simple changes to the regulations. Read InSight’s letter to New York’s Office of Mental Health and learn more about the proposed changes here.