Connecting mental health specialists with rural community health providers (US)

A cheering development out of New Mexico is that the GE Foundation is granting $4.6 million to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque to expand its Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) to increase mental health expertise delivered by eight selected community health centers. In this mainly rural state, there is nearly nil access to mental health and addiction services in many areas. This model of telemedicine consults between specialists and primary care providers in these centers started with treatment for hepatitis C. Unfortunately, the telemedicine consults do not extend directly to the patient. Project Expands Reach of Mental Health Providers  Hat tip to reader Ellen Fink-Samnick of Ellen’s Ethical Lens.

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