More Options for Accessing Mental Health Services

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If a co-worker, employee, family member, or you are in need of mental health services but are having trouble getting to in-person doctor visits, a new law is expanding your ability to use telemedicine.

Act 76 of 2022 removes an outdated requirement that 50% of mental health visits be conducted in-person, giving clinics the ability to provide more virtual mental health services. We learned that despite the lockdowns, patients can be treated for their mental health needs just as effectively through telemedicine.

The new law also helps staff of outpatient psychiatric clinics meet the growing demand for services. Telemedicine provides an essential link for patients with special requirements, including young people, minority populations and the elderly, along with those living in rural areas or with limited transportation options.

The law allows more possibilities for receiving care, and it gives health care providers more options for how they are providing mental health services.
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