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Telepsychiatry and School Mental Health

Department of Psychiatry, TeleMental Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 701 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 2.88). 01/2011; 20(1):81-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2010.09.004
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ABSTRACT The provision of mental health services in schools has been one effective strategy for reaching out to a greater number of youth to identify and provide treatment for mental health issues. With the increasing challenges related to shortages in child and adolescent psychiatrists, it is critical to develop models of care that can maximize a full range of mental health services for all children and adolescents who need them. Telehealth offers an innovative distance technology strategy to effectively and efficiently provide access to psychiatric services in schools. Telepsychiatry has the potential to better link and enhance the provision of health services, and can be particularly beneficial in addressing geographic distance and/or capacity issues. This article describes the clinical, educational, and administrative uses of telemental health in the school environment with mental health professionals and staff.

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