|Iris Partnered in Georgia
The Peach State is a great place to find history, baseball and telepsychiatry! Telepsychiatry is an effective practice that can provide quality mental health care to underserved and rural areas throughout the state. Consequently, this can have a positive impact on the state’s mental health.
Hospitals, health clinics, and other sites throughout Georgia utilize telehealth to provide psychiatric services. The rules and regulations concerning telemedicine throughout Georgia are generally permissive. The Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center (STRC) is the regional group that helps support telemedicine services in Georgia. Iris is a proud member of the STRC. We’ve enjoyed partnering with them to help provide telepsychiatry care throughout the state.
Based on our research, Iris gives Georgia an A rating for being an awesome state in providing telepsych service. Keep it up, Georgia!
MENTAL HEALTH ALONG THE SAVANNAH RIVER
Nearly 350,000 Georgian adults live with serious mental illnesses and 11,000 children in Georgia live with serious mental health conditions. Statistics show that often, 50 percent of people who have mental health needs don’t get the services they need. Suicide can be the result of untreated or undertreated mental illness, and in Georgia, nearly 1,000 people died by suicide in 2006. Only 21 percent of adults living with serious mental illnesses in Georgia receive proper treatment from Georgia’s public mental health system.
In many rural areas in Georgia, there is a severe shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists. There are only 185 child and adolescent psychiatrists in the state. Per every 100,000 children, there are only 7 psychiatrists. The high need for psychiatrists is clear – and that’s where we come in.