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The Lone Star state is home to great football and even better telepsychiatry! This practice allows rural and under-served areas of Texas to have access to quality psychiatric services, which can make a significant impact on the mental health of the state.
Telepsychiatry is a common practice in hospitals, schools, and health clinics throughout Texas. The rules and regulations governing telemedicine in Texas have generally been quite favorable. One recent lawsuit in Texas against a telemedicine firm was resolved favorably for telemedicine and should not limit the use of appropriate telemedicine services throughout the state.
Based on our research, Iris gives Texas an A-rating for being an excellent state for utilizing telepsychiatry services. Great job, Texas!
THE STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH:
One in five Texans will experience a mental health concern at some point this year — that means nearly 5.4 million people will need medical attention for their mental health. In Texas, 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.
Here’s a chilling statistic — there are only 8 child psychiatrists per 100,000 children in the state of Texas. This shortage of providers is even more pronounced in rural areas and leads to individuals that need mental health care having to go without. That’s where we come in.