School professionals are often the first to recognize when a child may benefit from behavioral health services. But most children aren’t getting mental health services because of very limited access to specialists.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, about half of children will have a diagnosable mental illness before age 18. Most adults (75%) with mental illness had onset by age 24; half by age 14. Suicide is the third leading cause of death between 10-24; at least 80% of children and adolescents with a substance use disorder don’t receive needed services.
There are numerous reasons why children don’t receive appropriate behavioral health services. Social stigma about mental health remains a roadblock. Others include low access to specialists, lack of insurance, and lack of awareness of mental health symptoms.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s imperative that schools find ways to partner with psychiatric providers. Schools are increasingly adopting telemedicine to treat students’ behavioral health issues. Telemedicine interventions are as effective as in-person evaluation and treatment for most mental health issues. Research shows that telemedicine can evoke more self-initiated and confidential treatment, elicit prevention strategies, and reduce the overall cost of care.
There are many advantages to using telemedicine to provide school-based behavioral health. It can:
TeleMed2U’s specialists are experienced in working with troubled children, and treat children’s most common behavioral illnesses, including:
TeleMed2U’s technology provides a telemedicine treatment system that permits our psychiatrists to:
TeleMed2U understands that schools are a key point of access for vulnerable children who need behavioral health services. Schools are in a unique position to identify them and connect them with services. TeleMed2U’s safe, secure, school-based behavioral health program provides a high-quality, cost-effective way to provide health services.
TeleMed2U has been an outstanding partner of Partnership HealthPlan of California. TeleMed2U has helped PHC expand access to specialty services via telehealth across parts of rural California. Bringing amazing Specialists virtually into local health centers to serve our members specialty care needs is an invaluable service to provide timely care that may not be available locally. TeleMed2U’s leadership and Operations team has worked hard on joint organizational initiatives to increase the success of PHC’s Telehealth program
I’ve always enjoyed working with the TeleMed2U staff.Though the prison system/scheduling can be quite challenging at times, the TeleMed2U staff have always found a way to work with us and ensure all our patients are seen. Professionalism and teamwork at its best!