|Iris Partnered in Virginia
The Old Dominion is a beautiful state to live in and an excellent home for telepsychiatry! This practice allows rural and under-served areas of Virginia to have access to quality mental health care, which can positively affect the mental health of the state as a whole.
Telepsychiatry is widely utilized throughout Virginia. The rules and regulations concerning telemedicine in Virginia are generally permissive. The University of Virginia is a leader in telemedicine and has been one of the great pioneers of the field. The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) is the regional group that helps support the utilization of telemedicine in Virginia. Iris Telehealth is a proud member of MATRC and they have been a great partner in providing telepsychiatry care throughout the state.
Based on our research, Iris gives Virginia an A+ rating for being an awesome state for providing telepsych services. You’re awesome, Virginia!
THE STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH:
One in five Virginians will experience a mental health concern at some point this year — that means nearly 1.7 million people will need medical attention for their mental health. In Virginia, nearly 20 percent of children ages 9-17 have a diagnosed mental illness. Many hospitals, mental health centers, and other healthcare offices are struggling to provide enough quality care to patients seeking mental health help.
According to an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “youth who are battling depression in Virginia are among the least likely in the nation to receive treatment for their mental illness.” Here’s why: there are only 13 child psychiatrists per 100,000 children in the state of Virginia. People who need mental healthcare often don’t get it because of this severe shortage, which is even more pronounced in rural areas. That’s where we come in.