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New VA Salt Lake City Tele-Mental Health Hub

Mental Health Clinician demonstrates video chat used for Tele-mental Health.

Mental Health Clinician demonstrates video chat used for Tele-mental Health.

By Jill Atwood
Friday, March 3, 2017

New Telehealth Hub reaching Veterans throughout the U.S.

Did you know that VASLC clinicians on our campus are talking to Veterans as far away as Florida? Our new Tele-Mental Health Hub services Veterans in nine different states and helps on average about 150 Veterans per month.  Director, Alethea Varra says some of their Veterans live in highly rural areas and may not otherwise be able to access care as quickly.  Telemedicine is much like a virtual medical appointment; a provider makes a connection with a Veteran via computer screen.  Therapies include: evidence based treatment for PTSD, addiction, pain management, in-depth medication management, specialized assessments, and even, couples therapy.

VA SLC is one of four pilot sites in the United States and VASLC is just getting started.  More offices and more providers are on the way here and elsewhere as VA’s new Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin, realizes the effectiveness of tele-health in reaching our most rural Veterans.  Varra says with new software in place we can even talk to Veterans in their own homes.   

 

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