|Iris Partnered in Minnesota
The North Star State is a wonderful place to enjoy the snow and practice telepsychiatry! Telepsychiatry brings quality mental health care to rural and underserved areas via teleconferencing technology. Telepsychiatry can positively impact the overall mental health of the state.
Telepsychiatry is commonly used throughout the state of Minnesota. The rules and regulations regarding the practice of telemedicine in Minnesota are fairly permissive, and because of this, it’s a growing practice. The Great Plains Telehealth Resource Center (gpTRAC) is the regional group that helps support the implementation and utilization of telemedicine in Minnesota. Iris is a proud member of gpTRAC and attends their events every year. They have been a great partner in providing care via telepsychiatry throughout the state.
Iris gives Minnesota an A- rating for being an awesome state for providing telepsych services. You rock, Minnesota!
MENTAL HEALTH IN THE LAND OF 10,000 LAKES
According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, one in five Minnesotans face mental illness each year. One in 25 people live with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and one in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression. Suffering from mental illness often means people will have a 10-25 year shorter lifespan than others.
There are a total of 124 child and adolescent psychiatrists in Minnesota. This means that there are only 10 psychiatrists per every 100,000 children in the state, putting Minnesota at a severe shortage. Telepsychiatry can change this for the better.