|Iris Partnered in Pennsylvania
The Keystone State is a wonderful home for the Liberty Bell and – even better – for telepsychiatry! This practice brings quality mental health services to rural and underserved areas to Pennsylvania through video conferencing technology. This can significantly improve the overall mental health of the state.
Telepsychiatry is utilized in a variety of settings throughout Pennsylvania, including hospitals and health clinics. Rules and regulations regarding the practice of telepsychiatry in Pennsylvania are generally permissive. The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) is the regional group that helps support and develop telemedicine programs throughout Pennsylvania. Iris is a proud member of MATRC. They have been a valuable partner in bringing telepsychiatry to that area of the United States.
Based on our research, Iris gives Pennsylvania an A rating for being an awesome state in providing telepsychiatry services. Nice job, Pennsylvania!
MENTAL HEALTH IN THE STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
One in four Pennsylvanians have a mental health issue in their lifetime. On average, roughly 11 percent of the Pennsylvania population experiences serious psychological distress in a year. Another 20 percent of people experience a variety of other mental health issues, including depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, many people are unable to receive the proper care due to a lack of access.
There are only 16 Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAPS) for every 100,000 children in Pennsylvania. The shortage of psychiatrists is even affecting kids – but that’s where telepsychiatry can help.