Telepsychiatry for Substance Use Treatment Centers
The increasing prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental health issues results in an increasing need for substance use programs to offer the services of psychiatrists or nurse practitioners to engage in the treatment team of addictions treatment programs, often to prescribe medications. Unfortunately, the national shortage of psychiatrists has made it difficult for these programs to recruit and retain an adequate capacity of good quality practitioners, particularly psychiatrists who have the experience, comfort, and credentials to effectively work with this unique population.
Through real-time televideo interaction, InSight’s telepsychiatry service allows substance use programs consistent access to providers who can provide services within designated blocks of time for evaluation, medication management, treatment planning, supervision or medical leadership, and even crisis intervention.
Depending on the needs of the particular clinic or detox center, InSight typically offers substance use telepsychiatry services in scheduled blocks of time on a regular basis from the same provider. Under this model, the InSight telepsychiatrist becomes a regular and active member of the clinic’s treatment team while maintaining a consistent case load of consumers.
With InSight, regardless of geography, substance use programs can gain access to the appropriate level of professional with the experience and credentials required to serve its unique consumer base. No longer having to struggle to recruit, retain or reimburse the travel or relocation expenses of specialty psychiatrists, these programs can now access as much psychiatry as they need.
InSight’s team of employed telepsychiatrists and prescribing psychiatric nurse practitioners includes members that hold specialty certifications in the treatment of addictions and substance use and clinicians that have the experience and credentials to effectively prescribe suboxone and methadone.