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The Pine Tree State is a great home for moose, lighthouses, and telepsychiatry! The practice of telepsychiatry is an innovative way to provide quality mental health care services to rural and underserved areas of Maine.
Telepsych is widely accepted and used among medical professionals throughout Maine. Rules and regulations regarding telehealth practices in the state are permissive. The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) is the regional group that supports the utilization of telemedicine in Maine. Iris is proud to be a member of NETRC. They have been a vital partner in seeking to provide telepsychiatry care throughout Maine.
Based on our research, Iris gives Maine an A rating for being an awesome state for providing telepsych services. Way to go, Maine!
THE LIGHTHOUSE VIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH IN MAINE
A study by Mental Health America (MHA) ranked Maine tenth in the United States for providing access to mental health services. However, less than half of the adults living with mental illness in Maine receive any form of treatment. One in four people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime – which means that nearly 300,000 people in Maine will struggle with mental illness in their lifetime, but about 150,000 of them won’t receive appropriate care. Furthermore, studies show that 4.4 percent of the population in Maine has a serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.
There are a total of 54 child and adolescent psychiatrists in the state of Maine. That means for every 100,000 children in Maine, there are about 21 child psychiatrists – so there is a considerable shortage of psychiatrists in the state. That’s where we come in.