TeleConnect Therapies and California Telehealth Network Announce Partnership
SACRAMENTO, CA (August 1, 2016) – California Telehealth Network (CTN), the State’s partnership for telehealth, announced the selection of TeleConnect Therapies, a tele-mental health partnership serving rural health facilities throughout California, as a “Telemedicine Specialty Care Partner”. TeleConnect Therapies helps to integrate high quality behavioral health services into rural primary care clinics by offering the services of Licensed Clinical Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers through videoconferencing technologies. This new partnership supports the CTN mission of promoting advanced information technologies and services to improve access to high quality healthcare focusing on medically underserved and rural Californians.
TeleConnect Therapies (TCT) was started in 2009 to address the problems of recruitment and retention of qualified licensed mental health therapists in rural areas of the state. TCT provides a sustainable model of integrating behavioral health into primary care programs, tailoring services to the needs of each rural facility. “We are thrilled to partner with CTN in their mission to bring quality telehealth services to underserved areas,” said Dawn Sampson, Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer of TeleConnect Therapies. “Some of the clinics we serve had never before been able to provide mental health services to their patients. The manager of one CTN participating site told us that the whole feel of their clinic was calmer, less stressful, since TCT services had become available to help their patients with mental health needs”.
”I’ve known Dawn Sampson since my first days on the job here at CTN. She understands the unique needs of rural and urban safety net providers. It’s really great to see Dawn and the TeleConnect Therapies team offering services in our highest demand telemedicine specialty care category,” said Eric Brown, CTN President and Chief Executive Officer.
A growing body of research shows that the integration of behavioral health services into primary care clinics can help to achieve the Triple Aim of improving clinical outcomes, improving the patient experience, and reducing the cost of patient care. In the past, many rural facilities had been left out of the benefits of an integrative practice model due to difficulties in recruiting therapists to rural areas, especially when patient volumes did not support a full time provider. TCT solves this problem by providing as many, or as few, hours of therapy as needed to participating clinics. Research points to the combination of talk therapy and psychiatric medication management as a best practice in treating many mental health conditions.
About TeleConnect Therapies
Since 2009, TCT has worked with Rural Health Clinics, FQHCs, and other rural facilities throughout California to provide high quality, collaborative, patient-centered, and sustainable behavioral telehealth therapy services. TCT can work with facilities to initiate behavioral health services, or can augment the services provided by in-person providers. TCT’s patient-centered approach to treatment is demonstrated by such personal touches as the provision of bus passes for patients to travel to clinic appointments, 7-day a week telephone availability to a licensed therapist, community resource referral guides developed for communities, appointment reminder calls, and provision of personalized patient education materials.
To learn more, please visit www.TeleConnectTherapies.com.
TeleConnect Therapies Media Contact:
Dawn Sampson, LCSW
About California Telehealth Network
CTN is California’s leading agency focusing on increasing access to quality healthcare with a focus on California’s rural and medically underserved communities. An independent, non-profit, 501c3 company, CTN is a product of an unprecedented coalition of stakeholders, including healthcare providers, health plans, technology providers, government agencies and others that are working together to create a telecommunications and health information technology infrastructure that allows California’s rural and medically underserved urban communities access to a broad range of services to expand and improve the quality of healthcare delivery. CTN also operates the California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC) which is the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded organization focused on expanding telehealth awareness, training and adoption in California. For more information, please visit www.caltelehealth.org or connect with CalTeleHealth on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.