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The Beaver State is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and an even better place to practice telepsychiatry! This emerging field allows rural and underserved areas in Oregon to gain access to high quality mental healthcare.
Telepsychiatry is a commonly used practice in many hospitals, health clinics, and other sites throughout Oregon. Legislation concerning the practice of telemedicine in Oregon is generally permissive and it’s widely accepted among medical professionals. This is why Iris provides telepsych services in many different locations throughout the state. The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) is the regional group that helps support telemedicine services in Oregon. Iris is a proud member of NRTRC and they have been a wonderful partner to have in our effort to provide quality mental health services throughout the state. The Telehealth Alliance of Oregon is also an incredible resource, and Iris is a proud member of this group as well.
Based on our research, Iris gives Oregon an A+ rating for being an awesome state in providing telepsych services. You go, Oregon!
THE NATURE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN OREGON
A recent study by Mental Health America (MHA) indicates that Oregon has the highest rate of mental illness in the country. There are thirteen measures that make up the overall ranking in this study. Some of these factors are the number of adults with any mental illness, the amount of adults dependent on drugs, the amount of adults reporting unmet need, and the youth with at least one major depressive episode in the past year. States at the bottom of the list, such as Oregon, only have one mental health professional for every 1,000 people, according to the report.
Most Americans lack access to care – by some estimates, 56 percent who need treatment for mental illness don’t receive appropriate care. Furthermore, studies show that at least one in four people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. That means one million Oregon residents will have a mental health issue at some point, but more than 500,000 of them won’t get the care they need. That’s where telepsychiatry comes in.