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Gov. Pat McCrory expresses his support for Pirate football as Chancellor Steve Ballard looks on during a press conference on the announcement of a statewide Telepsychiatry Plan at the ECU School of Dental Medicine on Friday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Gov. Pat McCrory expresses his support for Pirate football as Chancellor Steve Ballard looks on during a press conference on the announcement of a statewide Telepsychiatry Plan at the ECU School of Dental Medicine on Friday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Telepsychiatry program unveiled

By Katherine Ayers

The Daily Reflector

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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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Sounds good but..

typically these situations need a face to face in an office. I agree if it will work but how many will have access to the video,audio etc. place they can go to in private in the rural areas? That is my question, as I agree we need to do more for mental health and access but nothing was stated as to how individuals could access in the rural areas. Again a situation of warm and fuzzy but no facts for how the individuals are to achieve this assistance.

Kudos to ECU for living up

Kudos to ECU for living up their motto "to serve." And for taking the initiative in addressing an important matter. And for the continual utilization of modern technology in addressing this matter, making it easier for NC citizens to get the treatment they need. This echos ECU's success in online education, which they lead the state in by far, and the dental school, making more dentists in eastern NC, in which there is a shortage of dentists, and there are health problems. It's too bad the Princton Review does not consider things like this at all when they pick which schools score high in their self-determined rankings.

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