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The Bluegrass State is a marvelous place to hike the Appalachian trail, watch horse racing, and practice telepsychiatry! Telepsych is an innovative practice that allows health systems to bring quality mental health care services to the rural and underserved areas of Kentucky.
Telepsychiatry is commonly recognized and applied among medical professionals throughout Kentucky. The rules and regulations regarding the practice of telehealth in the state are fairly permissive. The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) is the regional group that supports the use of telemedicine in Kentucky. Iris is proud to be a member of MATRC, and they have been a vital partner in bringing telepsychiatry care to Kentucky.
Based on our research, Iris gives Kentucky an A rating for being a great state for providing telepsych services. You go, Kentucky!
THE RACE TO UNDERSTANDING KENTUCKY MENTAL HEALTH
According to a study done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an annual average of about 38,000 adolescents aged 12-17 experience a major depressive episode. That’s 11 percent of the population of youth in Kentucky. Furthermore, nearly 60 percent of those 38,000 young people did not receive treatment for their depression.
An annual average of 155,000 adults have serious thoughts of suicide. Additionally, 169,000 adults had a serious mental illness, but more than half of them did not receive appropriate care.
Here’s a chilling statistic – in Kentucky, there are only 9.36 child and adolescent psychiatrists for every 100,000 children, putting the state in a severe shortage of psychiatrists. In total, there are only 95 child psychiatrists in the state.
It’s evident there is a large need for mental health services throughout the state. That’s where telepsych can help.