3:45pm - 4:30pm Monday, March 9

Location & Room

Orlando - Orange County Convention Center
Additional Registration
Extra Fee
Mental disorders are common and they are associated with high levels of distress, morbidity, disability, and mortality. There is extensive evidence and agreement on effective mental health practices for persons with these disorders. Unfortunately, many people with these disorders do not have access to psychiatric services due to the shortage, and maldistribution of providers, especially psychiatrists. This has resulted in patients going to hospital emergency departments to seek services resulting in long lengths of stay and boarding of psychiatric patients in hospital emergency departments. A growing body of literature now suggests that the use of telepsychiatry to provide mental health care has the potential to mitigate the workforce shortage that directly affects access to care, especially in remote and underserved areas.  The North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program (NC-STeP) was developed in response to NC Session Law 2013-360. The vision of NC-STeP is to assure that if an individual experiencing an acute behavioral health crisis enters an emergency department of a hospital anywhere in the state of North Carolina, s/he receives timely, evidence-based psychiatric treatment through this program. The program has already connected over 60 hospitals and over 40,000 assessments have been successfully completed since its inception in October 2013, saving over $29,000,000. The program is now being expanded to community-based sites.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine,
East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine
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