As the demand for behavioral health services and substance use disorder treatment increases, so does the amount of individuals not receiving mental health services or substance use disorder treatment. This lack of access is a result of barriers to behavioral health services coupled with inadequate funding, workforce capacity and maldistribution issues, and a lack of specialty services. In order to increase access, there is a demand for innovative ways to provide mental health and addiction services.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.” Evidence supports the use of telehealth as an innovative means to overcome challenges in accessing behavioral health services, however, behavioral health professionals note training as a major barrier to the utilization of telehealth.
Thus, this study will identify the types of training needs among behavioral health professionals to foster the use of behavioral telehealth.
To be released in the Fall of 2020