Telepsychiatry

Mental Health Services

Horizon Health's telepsychiatry service uses videoconferencing technology to link board-certified psychiatrists with patients at our facility. The service is a partnership between Horizon Health and the Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties (HRC).

Technology Brings Psychiatry to Horizon Health (9/28/2018) 

 

 

For patients age 5 and older.

A referral is needed from a primary care provider or therapist.

What is telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry provides access to advanced mental health services in areas where they are nonexistent or in short supply, such as rural communities. Doctors and patients connect through the use of a webcam, personal computer, and video-based software. Though it is an electronic means of communication, telepsychiatry is similar in scope to an in-person office visit.

Why telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry addresses a tremendous need for mental health services in our communities. It not only provides increased access to mental health services, but does so in a convenient and readily accessible way for patients. Additionally, improved access to mental health services, especially for youth, was a “significant local need” identified in our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment is done every three years to identify the community’s primary health needs and to develop a plan to address them.

What do psychiatrists do?

Psychiatrists can address a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. They are medical doctors who can also prescribe medicine.

The Doctors

Participating psychiatrists are from the Chicago area, and include: Saba Syed, MD, who treats adults; Jorge Fernald, MD, and Mohanakumari Naidu, MD, who specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Our Staff

Danielle Yates, registered nurse, is the program’s coordinator with assistance from Patti Milburn of HRC. Danielle schedules appointments, performs insurance authorization, communicates with the patient’s primary care provider, and addresses any patient medical concerns between counseling visits.

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