A new bipartisan bill, titled the Home-Based Telemental Health Care Act, aims to increase rural residents’ access to virtual mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services by authorizing up to $10 million in annual grants through 2027.
People who work in these industries have the fourth-highest suicide rates of any industry, with 36 males per 100,000 dying by suicide, according to the CDC.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would work with the Department of Agriculture to award annual grants to deliver behavioral telehealth services and develop metrics to compare the quality and impact of telehealth appointments versus in-person visits.
Several studies have shown telehealth appointments are as effective as in-person services, although little research has been done to analyze telehealth efficacy of different patient demographic groups.
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