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Types of Behavioral Health Providers

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) earn master’s or doctoral degrees in psychiatric-mental health nursing. APRNs apply the nursing process to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals or families with psychiatric disorders and identify risk factors for such disorders. They also contribute to policy development, quality improvement, practice evaluation, and healthcare reform. APRNs practice as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) or Nurse Practitioners (NP).

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) primarily specialize in psychotherapy. The exact title for these professionals varies by state. In addition to secondary education (either a master’s or doctorate in counseling), LPCs must obtain supervised clinical experience and pass state-specific licensing exams. LPCs may specialize in certain areas like marriage issues or substance abuse. LPCs do not prescribe medications and typically do not offer formal diagnoses.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (PMHN) have either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing and offer services that can include assessment and treatment of psychiatric illness, medication management, and psychotherapy. PHNSs have special training in the care of people with psychiatric illness or distress including the administration of psychiatric medication and skills for dealing with challenging behavior associated with behavioral health disorders.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) have a master’s degree in nursing practice and can offer assessment, diagnosis, prescriptions, and psychotherapy. PMHNPs are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services and manage all stages of consumer care. They may also serve as consultants or educators for families and health care staff. PMHNPs can diagnose and treat patients in 27 states, and can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication in 19. In the remaining states, PMHNPs collaborate with physicians to determine the scope of their practice, and physician sign off on diagnoses and treatment prescribed by the psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Psychiatrists (M.D. or D.O) are medical doctors with training in behavioral health. They can diagnose behavioral health conditions and prescribe treatment, both medication and psychotherapy. Psychiatrists can also provide psychotherapy. Psychiatrists gain licensure to practice psychiatry in individual states. Many psychiatrists undergo an additional year of fellowship training to become specialized in a specific field. The specialties of psychiatry are:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry- Child and adolescent psychiatry emphasizes the developmental differences between children and teens of different ages.
  • Geriatric Psychiatry- Geriatric psychiatry focuses on the biological and psychological aspects of normal aging, as well as the biological and psychosocial aspects of psychiatric disturbances common with old age.
  • Addiction Psychiatry- Addiction psychiatry is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of addiction, both as a primary diagnosis and as a secondary issue within a psychiatric profile.
  • Forensic Psychiatry- Forensic psychiatry covers the meeting between law and psychiatry. Forensic psychiatrists primarily provide services, such as providing expert witness testimony or making the determination of a person’s ability to stand trial.

Psychologists (Ph.D., PsyD.,Ed.D.) are trained in the science of psychology. Psychologists are either in clinical, educational, counseling, or research settings. Those in clinical settings diagnose, facilitate psychological testing, and offer psychotherapy. Psychologists gain licensure to practice psychology in individual states.

Social Workers (LCSW) vary significantly in credentials and licensing and can provide a range of services based on those credentials. Typically, social work is broken into two categories: direct service and clinical. Clinical social workers are licensed to practice psychotherapy, recommend treatment from other specialists, and typically work one-on-one with consumers. Direct service social workers provide services on the macro level, usually in administrative positions within programs, institutions, and committees that serve to help people.

  • Social Workers in Administration, Policy, and Research
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers
  • Gerontological Social Workers
  • Medical and Health Social Workers
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Military and Veterans Social Work
  • Palliative and Hospice Social Work
  • Psychiatric Social Work
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Online Therapy and Psychiatry

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Telepsychiatry for Community Mental Health Centers

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InSight provides scheduled telepsychiatry services to community mental health centers, FQHCs, outpatient offices and a variety of other settings across the nation. With scheduled telepsychiatry, InSight assigns a consistent provider or small group of providers to serve a regular caseload of consumers. These providers are available in set blocks of time to do anything that a traditional in-person telepsychiatry provider would do including:

  • Assessments
  • Medication management
  • Treatment team meetings
  • Supervision
  • Other organizational needs

Access to Psychiatric Prescribers

Scheduled telepsychiatry represents reliable, consistent access to psychiatric prescribers including:

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Adult Psychiatrists
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
  • Other Specialists

InSight is committed to making partner and provider matches that are a great fit. InSight recruits from a national pool of candidates and employs some of the top providers in the nation. InSight will work with your organization to understand your needs for providers with certain specialties, experience levels, cultural factors, and personality types. InSight’s providers integrate into the team and existing system of care at your organization to form collaborative relationships.

Our Approach to Partnership

By partnering with InSight for scheduled services, your organization can feel confident in the fact that it has a true partner. In addition to the implementation and ongoing support of your telepsychiatry program, InSight will bring added benefits and ongoing account management to your organization including:

  • A provider who has the experience, qualifications, schedule, personality and areas of specialty that are a good long-term fit for your program
    • Should staffing transitions or lapses in coverage arise, it will be InSight’s responsibility to fill the position
  • A robust ongoing quality assurance program that will give your organization valuable data and feedback
  • Promotional, educational and marketing support to share news about your telepsychiatry program and other hot topics
  • Telehealth regulatory and policy information and support