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|Iris Partnered in California
The Golden State is a marvelous place to go to the beach, surf some waves, and practice telepsychiatry! Practicing psychiatry through telehealth services allows rural and underserved areas of California to have access to quality mental health care. This can have a huge impact on the overall mental health of the state.
Telepsychiatry is widely accepted and used in hospitals, health clinics, and other sites throughout California. The rules and regulations concerning California telemedicine are generally accommodating. The California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC) is the regional group that helps support telemedicine services in California. Iris is a proud member of the CTRC. We’ve enjoyed partnering with them to help provide telepsychiatry care throughout the state.
Based on our research, Iris gives California an A rating for being an awesome state in providing telepsych service. Nice job, California!
MENTAL HEALTH UP AND DOWN THE ONE
Nearly one in six adults in California experience mental health needs each year. Let’s break that down. Statistics show that 1 in 20 Californians suffer from serious mental illnesses that make it difficult for them to do major life activities. When it comes to children, 1 in 13 have mental illnesses that limit their ability to participate in daily activities.
The lack of treatment in California is astounding. Half of adults and two-thirds of adolescents with mental health needs do not get the treatment they require. Research shows that there are higher rates of mental illness among low income children and adults. Fortunately, recent changes in policy, which includes the Mental Health Parity Act and the Affordable Care act, should increase access to mental health care for all Californians who need it.
There are only 11 child and adolescent psychiatrists for every 100,000 children in California. To have a mostly sufficient supply, there would need to be at least 47 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people. The shortage is clear, and that’s where we come in.