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How One Health System gets Behavioral Healthcare into Rural Schools with Telemedicine

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Heywood Healthcare serves more than 15 communities in a rural area of Massachusetts classified as medically underserved and far removed from Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield, where most of the state’s mental health resources are located. As a result, students in need of help often must wait several weeks for an appointment with one of the few local mental health providers or travel long distances for an appointment.

Establishing a telehealth program for students with behavioral health issues requires careful planning and coordination, but the payback is worth the effort.

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