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|Iris Partnered in Washington
The Evergreen State is full of beautiful landscapes, delectable coffee, and quality telepsychiatry services! This practice allows rural and under-served areas of Washington to have access to quality mental health care, which can truly impact the mental health of the state.
Telepsychiatry is widely accepted and utilized throughout Washington. The rules and regulations concerning telemedicine in Washington are generally permissive. The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) is the regional group that helps support the utilization of telemedicine in Washington. Iris is a proud member of NRTRC and they have been a great partner to have in providing telepsychiatry care throughout the state.
Based on these subjects, Iris gives Washington an A rating for being an awesome state in providing telepsych services. Keep it up, Washington!
THE TRUTH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH IN WASHINGTON
Nearly one-fourth of Washington residents meet the criteria for a mental health disorder, which is the third highest of all states. Though Washington’s psychiatric wards are full of patients, countless Washingtonians who need treatment for mental illness fail to receive it. It has more known mental illness than nearly every other state, but residents are less likely to be hospitalized, according to a survey.
Because of this clear lack in psychiatrists, the state of Washington is categorized as being in a mental health crisis and has a severe shortage of mental health resources. There are only 9 child psychiatrists per every 100,000 children in Washington. To have a mostly sufficient supply, there would need to be 47 child psychiatrists per every 100,000 children. In rural areas, there is often no access to mental healthcare or a waiting period that lasts several months. This means that people who need healthcare do not get it. That’s where we come in.