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Psychol Serv. 2012 May;9(2):203-5. doi: 10.1037/a0026144.

The VA Maryland Health Care System's telemental health program.

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VA Capitol Health Care Network, Linthicum Heights, MD, USA.


The VA Maryland Health Care System introduced videoconferencing technology to provide psychiatry, evidenced-based psychotherapy, case management, and patient education at rural clinics where it was difficult to recruit providers. Telemental health services enable rural clinics to offer additional services, such as case management and patient education. Services have been expanded to urban outpatient clinics where a limited number of mental health clinic hours are available. This technology expands the availability of mental health providers and services, allowing patients to receive services from providers located at distant medical centers.

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