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InSight Telepsychiatry Presents First Annual Partner Awards

PHILADELPHIA, PA – InSight Telepsychiatry, the leading national telepsychiatry provider organization, is excited to recognize their outstanding partners through their first ever partner awards: Telepsychiatry Program of the Year and the Partner Champion Award.

These annual awards recognize programs and individuals who are advocates of telepsychiatry not only in their organizations, but also within their communities. Telepsychiatry Program of the Year recognizes a partner organization, while the Partner Champion Award recognizes an individual at a partner site.

Telepsychiatry Program of the Year was awarded to MultiCare Health System, while Partner Champion was posthumously awarded to Audrey Burger of Community Counseling Center.

MultiCare, the largest community based health system in Washington State, is based in Tacoma, Washington with additional locations throughout the Puget Sound and Inland Northwest regions. InSight recognizes the consistent reliability and professionalism they have brought to the partnership. Additionally, they are strong advocates of telehealth in their respective communities.

MultiCare’s Behavioral Health programs serve a diverse population across a range of settings and locations including emergency departments, inpatient units and outpatient clinics. In addition to increasing access, telepsychiatry has offered their patients greater continuity of care and an increased range of mental health services. Currently, telepsychiatry is offered system wide at six of their hospitals in the Puget Sound and Inland Northwest regions. Through telepsychiatry, they are able to treat over 100 individuals each month and have approximately 1400 encounters per year. Expanding telepsychiatry to outpatient family practice clinics is currently under consideration so they may address the growing behavioral health needs of all individuals.

Other nominees were: Winona Health (Minnesota), Mission Health (North Carolina), Family Counseling Center (Missouri), Resources for Human Development (Delaware) and BayCare Behavioral Health (Florida).

Audrey Burger, Clinical Operations Director of Community Counseling Center in Missouri, is the recipient of the Telepsychiatry Champion award. Sadly, Audrey passed away in October 2017 after a battle with cancer. InSight appreciated all that Audrey did to advocate for telehealth in rural areas; she was always looking for ways to use services in other settings in order to make the program stronger and allow people in her community more access to mental health care. She was a selfless individual who cared deeply for others and was a joy to work with.

Community Counseling Center serves a variety of settings and locations across Missouri and brings care to those who need it most. With telepsychiatry, they are able to provide services to individuals who may not have access to care otherwise due to long travel times and a lack of mental health providers. They serve approximately 7000 individuals, many via telepsychiatry.

Other nominees were: John Rislove (Co-Director of Inpatient Services – Winona Health, Minnesota), Craig Hedley (Director of Community Partnerships – St. Joseph’s Villa, Virginia), Jess Fenchel (Vice President of Adult Behavioral Health – Access Services, Pennsylvania), Susan Wright (Director of Behavioral Health Operations – BayCare Behavioral Health, Florida) and Eric Arzubi (Chairman of Psychiatry Clinic – Billings Clinic, Montana).

Representatives from MultiCare and Community Counseling Center will be attending the OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute in Philadelphia from October 22-24 and will receive their awards during an InSight hosted event on the evening of October 23.

Creating A Telebehavioral Health Strategy – Free White Paper

Originally published on OPEN MINDS

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (June 3, 2018) – InSight Telepsychiatry recently released a white paper, Creating A Telebehavioral Health Strategy, which is available for download free of charge – courtesy of InSight. This white paper is designed to assist organizations in the creation of a long-term strategy for telepsychiatry. It provides key questions to lead the discussion of where telepsychiatry fits in an organization’s strategy, case studies of organizations who have used telehealth to meet their strategic goals, and suggestions for how organizations can use telepsychiatry to meet their strategic goals. These suggestions include a discussion of using telepsychiatry to: help launch new programs or business lines, refine your reach or specialize your practice, customize treatment plans, integrate behavioral health into primary care, and engage consumers through technology.

Psychiatrists are in short supply, with 55% of counties in the continental U.S. without any psychiatrists and 77% of U.S. counties having “severe shortages” of psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers. Telepsychiatry is often thought of as a ‘band aid’ or temporary solution for an organization’s immediate needs; however telepsychiatry as a long-term solution can help organizations meet their short-term and long-term strategic priorities.

Telebehavioral health has been accepted as a proven medium for increasing access to psychiatric, mental and behavioral health care, by connecting individuals to providers through video calls. Today, in-home, mobile, outpatient and primary care models of telebehavioral health allow for community-based care that addresses behavioral health issues before they reach critical levels. On-demand models of care offer timely services to individuals in the emergency department (ED), psychiatric crisis centers, or in the community through mobile crisis teams.

There are more patients, employers, health systems and payers employing telehealth, as well as more providers becoming involved in telehealth work in a range of fields, like psychiatry. Current findings state that 71 percent of providers use telehealth or telemedicine tools to connect with patients.

For executive teams and clinical professionals at provider organizations, it is important to understand how telehealth fits into your organizational strategy and how telehealth can be used to reduce organizational “pain points.” InSight’s newly released white paper helps organizations navigate this technology, explaining its efficacy, how to create a long-term telepsychiatry strategy, and why more than ever, organizations cannot ignore this treatment medium.

To download this white paper, Creating A Telebehavioral Health Strategy, available free of charge courtesy of InSight Telepsychiatry, and learn more about how to develop a telebehavioral health strategy, please visit: https://www.openminds.com/market-intelligence/resources/creating-a-telebehavioral-health-strategy/.

About InSight Telepsychiatry, LLC

InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization with a mission to transform access to behavioral health care through innovative applications of technology. InSight has over 18 years of experience with telepsychiatry and serves hundreds of organizations across the nation with its on-demand, scheduled, connected services and inpathy divisions. InSight is dedicated to quality care through telepsychiatry. The InSight team has designed and implemented telepsychiatry programs in nearly every setting across the spectrum of care. The InSight team is also active in thought-leadership, educational and adovacy work around telehealth. Last year, members of the InSight team presented at over 40 events, taught telepsychiatry best practices to a hundreds of psychiatry residents and providers via their telepsychiatry grand round series, and helped to advocate for important telehealth related regulations at both the state and federal level. Learn more at: http://insighttelepsychiatry.com/

InSight Telepsychiatry Announced As Bronze OPEN MINDS Circle Partner For 2018

Originally published on OPEN MINDS

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (January 21, 2018) — OPEN MINDS announced InSight Telepsychiatry (InSight) as the newest bronze-level partner of The OPEN MINDS Circle–the award-winning online information and education platform with a user-base of over 150,000 health and human service executives. As part of the partnership, InSight, a national leader in the telehealth space, will collaborate with OPEN MINDS to provide telepsychiatry-focused thought leadership throughout 2018 – including an executive web briefing (webinar) and multiple free resources.

“We are excited about our new partnership with OPEN MINDS,” said InSight, CEO, Geoffrey Boyce. “We’ve looked to OPEN MINDS for great industry information for years and look forward to contributing our own expertise to the organization and its members through this partnership.”

InSight will also be releasing a new white paper on how to build a solid telebehavioral health strategy in conjunction with June’s 2018 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute in New Orleans. The free resource will be available online through The OPEN MINDS Circle platform, as well as at the InSight Telepsychiatry exhibit booth in the institute exhibit hall.

“I’m pleased that we will be expanding our work with the InSight team in 2018. Our last technology survey showed that in the past year, telehealth adoption has almost doubled among provider organizations serving complex consumers. And, InSight’s thought leadership in the telehealth space is needed now more than ever,” said OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer, Monica E. Oss. “Through this partnership package, we’re able to join forces with the experts at InSight for the first time. We look forward to collaborating and bringing high-value telehealth content to OPEN MINDS Circle readers in 2018.”

Containing over 500,000 articles, reports, presentations, data sets, how-to tools, and resources from OPEN MINDS and our partner organizations, The OPEN MINDS Circle has grown into the largest information platform in the behavioral health and human service industry. Membership provides access to daily curated email newsletters and the full online information library platform. Learn more or sign-up free at https://www.openminds.com/membership/.

ABOUT InSight

InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization with a mission to transform access to behavioral health care through innovative applications of technology. InSight has over 18 years of experience with telepsychiatry and serves hundreds of organizations across the nation with its on-demand, scheduled, connected services and Inpathy divisions. InSight is dedicated to quality care through telepsychiatry. The InSight team has designed and implemented telepsychiatry programs in nearly every setting across the spectrum of care. The InSight team is also active in thought-leadership, educational and adovacy work around telehealth. Last year, members of the InSight team presented at over 40 events, taught telepsychiatry best practices to a hundreds of psychiatry residents and providers via their telepsychiatry grand round series, and helped to advocate for important telehealth related regulations at both the state and federal level. Learn more at: http://insighttelepsychiatry.com/

ABOUT OPEN MINDS

OPEN MINDS is an award-winning information source, executive education provider, and business solutions firm specializing in the behavioral health and human service field. For thirty years, we’ve been pioneers for change – helping organizations implement the transformational business practices they need to succeed in an evolving market with new policies and regulations.

OPEN MINDS is powered by a national team of experienced executives and subject matter experts with specific expertise and experience in markets of the health and human service field serving complex consumers. Our mission is to improve the quality of care for individuals with complex support needs by improving the effectiveness of those serving them – provider organizations, payer and insurance organizations, government agencies, pharmaceutical organizations, and technology firms. Learn more at www.openminds.com

Telehealth: Transforming Child Mental Health Care

By: Jeanine Miles, LPC

Original article published on NAMI

Unprecedented need exists for child and adolescent mental health services in today’s communities, however, parents have limited options at their disposal. Shortages of child psychologists and psychiatrists are leaving our most vulnerable populations without care. Currently, all U.S. states are facing high or severe shortages, with many communities lacking even one qualified child and adolescent psychiatrist.

We need an effective solution, and it might be telebehavioral health. This convenient, accessible model of care has been gaining traction: Studies consistently reveal high satisfaction rates for children, adolescents and parents, often reaching above 90%. In fact, a 2013 studydetermined that telebehavioral health might be better than in-person care for children and adolescents because this age group often expresses an unwillingness or reluctance to participate in traditional therapy sessions.

Telebehavioral health might be a natural solution for improving access to care, but that’s just one benefit. As a counselor who offers telesessions, I’ve seen many more. Consider the following:

Comfortable Surroundings

Clinical office settings often intimidate children and adolescents. I find that younger populations are more willing to open up when they are in their own environment surrounded by familiar possessions or in reach of pets who may offer comfort. With telebehavioral health, I also get clues and information from a home environment I never see in an office setting.

For example, one child was well-behaved during our traditional office appointments. Yet her mother described a very different child with erratic behaviors while at home. Through our telebehavioral health sessions, I could see family interactions that confirmed the mother’s assessment. I was then able to teach the young girl and her family healthy coping techniques right there “at home.”

Familiar Modes Of Communication

Younger generations have grown up with technology. In fact, a 2015 study shows 67% of teens own a smartphone and spend more than four hours daily engaged with it. Videoconferencing, therefore, is a natural fit for today’s youth. Many teens prefer telesessions compared to traditional office sessions because it’s familiar and helps build trust. Simply put: Today’s youth are more comfortable communicating through a screen.

Easier Scheduling

One of the greatest barriers to engaging younger populations in mental health treatment is stigma. Many adolescents fear their peers will find out they go to therapy and ask questions. Professional shortages and scheduling challenges often causes students to miss school to attend therapy sessions. When a student leaves school early or checks in late, their peers may ask questions or make them feel uncomfortable.

With telebehavioral health, scheduling becomes much easier, as sessions can take place outside of traditional office hours. Patients do not have to miss school, nor do they run the risk of running into someone they know in a waiting room.

When choosing a telebehavioral health care organization or provider for your child, it’s important to do research before pursuing treatment. Things to consider are whether or not they are HIPAA-compliant, if they offer technical or care navigation support, whether they have providers licensed in your state, and if you can pay with your insurance plan. A good place to start is a reference guide, such as the one created by Open Minds that lists reputable telebehavioral health organizations.

Telebehavioral health care is changing the way communities and families approach mental health services. At a time when the need for mental health care is soaring, this option holds great promise for addressing gaps in care and providing parents with a critical resource for addressing their child’s health and well-being.

 

Jeanine Miles, LPC, Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with Inpathy and the Director of Business Development and Training at the Center for Family Guidance. Jeanine is a New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor and has over 20 years of administrative and management experience in healthcare and behavioral healthcare. She is responsible for the development and implementation of new programs including overseeing all start-up projects, social skills training and school based programs. Jeanine has provided therapy and other telebehavioral health services through Inpathy since the program was launched and has long been an advocate for telebehavioral health.

 

 

Center for Family Guidance, PC to Present at OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute

LONG BEACH, CA – Center for Family Guidance, PC, a comprehensive behavioral health organization (stylized as CFG), will be presenting at the OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute, taking place from August 15-16 in Long Beach, CA. The OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute brings together executives, thought leaders, industry experts and program innovators to focus on management best practices and clinical treatment tools.

On Wednesday, April 15, the clinical director of CFG will present during the session called Using Technology to Improve Consumer Engagement: A Look at Successful Models for Engagement. This session will feature “Getting Ahead of the Curve: Layering Home-Based Telehealth into an Existing Outpatient Mental Health Clinic” presented by Joel Freidman, PhD.

CFG recently implemented home-based telehealth into an existing outpatient mental health clinic in order to keep up with the national provider shortage, address consumer demand and stay competitive in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

The program utilizes telehealth in two ways: providers are set up with access to a secure, web-based telehealth platform and are able to offer night and weekend appointments to new and existing consumers; consumers can be referred to CFG’s telehealth partner, Inpathy, if the individual is unable to make an in-person appointment or if CFG does not have resources available. This case study presentation will look at the design, implementation and ongoing lessons of this innovative program. Dr. Friedman will discuss challenges, advantages and important buy-in elements for the providers, consumers, administrators and intake coordinators involved.

The benefit of this program for is that it does not require travel and there are more appointment availabilities than in an in-person office setting. The benefit for providers is the convenience of seeing consumers from their own private home office.  Providers can also utilize Inpathy, an online psychiatry resource, for referrals.

Other speakers in this session include Richard Louis, III, Senior Associate at OPEN MINDS, and Larry Smith, CEO of Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc.

CFG is a broad based healthcare provider that is dedicated to increasing access to care via innovative applications of technology like telepsychiatry and virtual environments.