Tele-psychology picks up steam in rural areas

Texas A&M University has launched -- and already is planning to expand -- telehealth psychology services.

The school's Department of Educational Psychology, which runs the Counseling and Assessment Clinic (CAC) in Bryan, Tex., offers tele-visits to rural patients via video link three times per week. The counseling visits are conducted by three counseling psychology doctoral students who work under the supervision of university psychology faculty, according to university statements.

Without the telehealth program, patients in Leon County would have to drive 60+ miles each way to access services, university officials say. For that reason, the program is being supported by a local nonprofit community group, the Brazos Valley Health Partnership, which includes seven Brazos Valley counties, two advisory groups and the Center for Community Health Development, to increase access to mental health services for its rural residents.

And this may only be the beginning. The team already has plans to expand into Madisonville, Tex., and possibly partner with Prairie View A&M in Prairie View, Tex., according to university officials.    

For more details:

- see the Guidrynews.com release

- view kbtx.com release

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