Citizens will soon have more access to mental health resources thanks to a statewide plan unveiled Friday at East Carolina University.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos and ECU officials presented a plan for a telepsychiatry program where people in need of psychiatric treatment can be treated via two-way audio and video technology.
According to a Health and Human Services report, 58 of North Carolina’s 100 counties qualify as health professional shortage areas because of the low number of psychiatrists. As a result, behavioral health patients in crisis go to emergency rooms only to wait hours and sometimes days or weeks for a psychiatric consultation after an initial emergency department determination of need.
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