Virtual care solutions that support K-12 schools in expanding access to care
"We look forward to continuing the use of telehealth in schools to provide quality mental healthcare services to the children we serve!"
Together with The Hargan Group and the American Telemedicine Association, LTI hosted an expert panel to discuss the advancement post-pandemic of telehealth and the importance of making mental health support available to students and their families.
Moderator: Arthur Cooksey, CEO and Founder of Let's Talk Interactive
Panelists: Eric Hargan, Former Deputity Secretary for Health and Human Services
Dr. Elinor McCance-Katz, Former Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Kathy Ireland, philanthropist, health advocate, board member of Let's Talk Interactive
Elliot Vice, Director, Health Policy & Government Relations, Faegre Drinker
“More than 15 million school-aged children suffer from psychiatric illness across the United States. First Lady DeSantis and the State of Florida are spearheading a cutting-edge initiative to tackle one of the nation’s leading crises - mental illness. Our goal is to break the stigma and provide unparalleled access to quality healthcare to anyone who needs it - especially for the next generation.”
Learn about how telehealth is supporting student mental health access throughout the state of Florida.
Review upcoming funding applications and insight on how virtual health solutions can support many of these programs.
Another great resource is the SAMHSA website which outlines Notice of Funding opportunities and resource guides on how to apply.
HHS recently announced funding to support student mental health.
Virtual Care Policy News
Visit the American Telemedicine Association for the latest industry and policy news, events and resources.
Educators are often the first to recognize mental health problems. Visit MentalHealth.gov to learn about ways to help students and their families.
Additional Support Resources
The U.S. Surgeon General's 2023 Advisory
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 1-800-HELP (4357)
Online free, confidential, service that provides information about treatment programs in specific geographic areas for mental health and substance use/addiction problems. Search filters help to find locations that match specific needs, like the type of treatment offered, groups served, or medication availability.
Web-based resources that include training and technical assistance to address mental health issues faced by our children in school settings
Protecting Youth Mental Health-The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory 2021
A Surgeon General’s Advisory is a public statement that calls the American people’s attention to an urgent public health issue and provides recommendations for how it should be addressed. This Advisory offers recommendations for supporting the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults. Specific resources for support, education and technical assistance in addressing youth mental health are provided. https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/surgeon-general-youth-mental-health-advisory.pdf
The National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC)
The purpose of NTTAC is to increase access to, effectiveness of, and dissemination of evidence-based mental health services for young people (birth to age 21) and their families, including young people experiencing serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance (SMI/SED). https://nttacmentalhealth.org/
Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools
A guide to implementing mental health services in schools that can be reimbursed by Medicaid.