The corona virus pandemic has changed the way we can deliver mental health services. To minimize the impact of face-to-face contact in facilities, providers can use telehealth services to deliver virtual care to patients during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth services can provide the essential mental health care to patients but minimize the risk of transmitting the virus that causes COVID-19.
Although telehealth technology is not new, recent policy changes during the pandemic have showed a huge trend in telehealth use. Providers can deliver mental health care such as psychotherapy (talk therapy) and psychiatry and med management services to their clients. Mental health facilities have evolved in using this telehealth landscape in order to improve patient outcomes within the mental health spectrum.
Because of these telehealth capabilities, they provide an effective approach in touching all populations including those in rural areas. Remote access and those who do not have immediate access to providers can benefit from telehealth healthcare services. With telehealth technology, our mental health providers at Behavioral Health Solutions can service the entire state of Nevada including rural areas. Telehealth can reduce these barriers to mental health care for people who live in rural areas and under-served communities. There is no longer an obstacle for patients in need of mental healthcare.
There has been an increased demand for mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health treatment is being covered via telehealth through HIPAA-compliant encounters making every individual in the state of Nevada capable of access to these types of services.