Telehealth Program Will Treat Mental Health Patients Regardless of Location in 14 Underserved Illinois Towns
(Suburban Chicago, IL) - Proviso Township Mental Health Commission has awarded Presence Health approximately $90,000.00 in grants over the next year for a TelePsychiatry pilot program that will provide online, scheduled, real-time mental health care, or “TeleBehavioral Health” services. The pilot program is designed to serve Proviso Township’s 14 towns where there is a shortage of psychiatrists. Presence TeleHealth will use video conferencing, similar to Skype, allowing providers to remotely evaluate and treat their patients. Essentially, the pilot increases access to quality, one-on-one mental health care within the currently underserved Proviso Township communities.
“This pilot will allow a psychiatrist to easily connect with patients in need of Behavioral Health treatment and services virtually”, said Presence Health TeleHealth Strategy and Development System Director Laura Messineo RN, BS, MHA.” We are confident that the TelePsychiatry pilot will provide results data to make this program permanent for the patients throughout Proviso Township.”
The Illinois towns to be served by the Presence TelePsychiatry pilot program include, Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Brookfield, Forest Park, Hillside, La Grange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, North Riverside, Northlake, Stone Park, Westchester and Western Springs.
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Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals Presence Health has a revenue base of $2.5 billion.