|Iris Partnered in Missouri
The Show-Me State is home to the Kansas City Jazz, the Gateway Arch, and quality telepsychiatry services! Telepsychiatry is an innovative practice that allows rural and underserved areas of Missouri to have access to quality mental health care.
Telepsychiatry is widely accepted and utilized by clinicians throughout Missouri. Telemedicine rules and regulations in the state of Missouri are fairly permissive. The University of Missouri is pioneering efforts to “develop, study, and use telehealth solutions that improve access by providing high-value, patient-centered health care and medical education in Missouri and beyond.” The University is home to the Missouri Telehealth Network, which began in 1994 and has since been a great partner to all organizations hoping to implement telehealth services. The Heartland Telehealth Resource Center is the regional group that helps support the utilization of telemed in Missouri. Iris is a proud member of HTRC. They have been a valuable partner in our effort to provide quality telepsychiatry services throughout the state.
Based on these subjects, Iris gives Missouri an A rating for being an awesome state for providing telepsych services. Way to go, Missouri!
THE GATEWAY TO MISSOURI MENTAL HEALTH
Nearly 20 percent of adults in Missouri experience a mental health disorder each year, according to the Missouri Department of Mental Health. That means 862,000 Missouri adults have had a mental illness in the past year. Approximately 419,000 Missourians struggle with a substance abuse disorder and of these, 17,000 of them are between ages 12 to 17. Additionally, more than 10 percent of Missouri adolescents have a major depressive episode every year.
Unfortunately, nearly 100,000 Missourians with serious mental illness do not receive appropriate care. Here’s an even more chilling statistic – there are only 132 child and adolescent psychiatrists in the state. That means for every 100,000 children, there’s only 9 psychiatrists. That’s where we come in.