The Need for Telepsychiatry in Rural WA
In the rural town of Yakima, WA, there will only be one private-practice psychiatrist by mid-July due to recent retirements. This article describes the solutions that can address the lack of psychiatrists. One solution is telepsychiatry. Telepsychiatry removes the access barrier to mental health care in rural areas and helps more people get the mental health care they need. The article also discusses Collaborative Care as another viable solution to the shortage of psychiatrists in Yakima.