|Iris Partnered in Mississippi
The Magnolia State is a wonderful place to listen to blues music and practice telepsychiatry! Telepsych services are transforming healthcare by allowing rural and underserved areas of Mississippi to have access to quality mental healthcare. In turn, 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 places throughout Mississippi. The rules and regulations concerning Mississippi telemedicine are generally accommodating. The Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center (SETRC) is the regional group that helps support and develop telemedicine services in Mississippi. Iris is a proud member of the SETRC and they have been a great asset in bringing telehealth to Mississippi.
Based on our research, Iris gives Mississippi an A rating for being an awesome state in providing telepsych services. Nice job, Mississippi!
MENTAL HEALTH ON THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
According to a study done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2014, nearly 109,000 adults in Mississippi had a serious mental illness that year. However, only 38 percent of them received care. Mental healthcare access in Mississippi is a serious issue, and there is a severe shortage of psychiatrists to meet the demands for care.
About 26,000 adolescents between the ages of 12-17 had at least one major depressive episode within the year, and only 34 percent of them received appropriate care. There are a total of 40 child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPS) in Mississippi. That means there are only 5 CAPS for every 100,000 children. The shortage is clear, and that’s where we come in.