A Note by Jabari Turner
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Millions of Americans were stuck in their houses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rising death tolls, financial insecurity, and growing uncertainty increased anxiety, depression, and a surge in emergency department visits for mental health conditions. Federal and state-level licensing alongside permit waivers allowed many Americans needing mental health care, access to telemental health services. As a result, Americans had more options in and out-of-state that were unavailable before the pandemic. During the pandemic, federal agencies waived previous telehealth restrictions. Moreover, in most states, through executive orders, out-of-state mental health providers in good standing were permitted to provide telemental services to patients.
Telehealth gives patients and providers better access, options, and overall healthcare treatment and management without needing to be physically present. In addition, it gives providers more continuity of care, and better … Read the rest