Telehealth – Closing the Mental Health Care Gap

Telehealth – Closing the Mental Health Care Gap


This is the Madison Health Resource Center
and this is the room that we bring our clients in and get them ready to see a counselor. There are so many people in this day that
really need the mental health counseling. When I was going through a difficult time,
at the lose of my husband, I was able to do grief counseling here in a group which really
helped me so much and not only myself, but other people in the community. The Telehealth Counseling Clinic is a unique
mental health service that we provide through this joint partnership that we developed with
our counseling psychology doctoral program, our doctoral students, and the support of
the College of Education and Human Development, and the work we were doing with colleagues
in public health. Telehealth is a mental health service. We offer these services remotely to five different
sites throughout the Brazos Valley. These are areas that previously had no access
to mental health services. I’ll show you the kind of the room here. Now this is one of our counseling rooms. We also use this room for, you know, any kind
of supervision meetings or anything that we have, but here’s the set up. We have just a T.V. here. So the clients will go to this site and I’m
going to call in right now and I believe I’m going to speak to one of our volunteers over
there. How are you doing today? I’m good, how about yourself? The best performing counties in the country
have a ratio of about 1 provider to every 377 individuals. Some of our counties that we serve have ratios
as high as 1 to 19,000. We are probably the only accredited doctoral
program that I know of throughout the country that offers training to doctoral students
in tele-psychology. Texas A&M was the only school that I’d seen
or interviewed with that specialized in this type of care. Other universities are actually coming to
us now and saying “how can we kind of replicate your model here?” And that’s actually what I hope to do as well
in the future. I want to go back to Kentucky and I want to
go work and partner with other universities there to help them start up their own clinic,
but also to start treating the populations, the rural populations of Kentucky, where I’m
from. I mean it’s about the research, the service,
the loyalty, is what makes a community model fit like this. We’ve got folks at A&M that are willing to
get out into the communities and identify needs and then meet those needs and work with
the community partners and engage them and build capacity and rely on their knowledge
and expertise of their local communities. We’re out trying to get our hands dirty and
really make the research and the training that’s happening on campus have a meaningful
impact on the communities that surround us.

Comments

(4 Comments)

  • Kimberly Boerner

    Please shut down your canine lab as it’s not only hurting our furry friends but it is also hurting me. You disgust me.

  • Ruby H.

    shut down the canine MD lab!!

  • Alicia Ogard

    SHUT THE DOG LAB DOWN NOW!!! SHUT THE DOG LAB DOWN NOW!!

  • Clayton Ward

    my volume is at 100% and still cannot hear this program or any like it

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