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Columbia County seeks grant for 'tele-psychiatry'

April 15, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Lyn Jerde / Portage Daily Register

If a proposed grant comes through, Columbia County's Health and Human Services Department might someday be able to offer access to a psychiatrist via live interactive videoconferencing.

Access to psychiatric care is one of the challenges identified in a 2013 study of Columbia County's mental health services, commissioned by the County Board and conducted by White Pine Consulting Service of Waupaca.

Debbie Millman, division administrator for behavioral health and long-term support, said there are few psychiatrists readily available to serve patients who live in Columbia County, and she knows of few psychiatrists, if any, who are taking new Medicaid patients.

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