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How do I use telehealth for behavioral health care?

Telehealth is an option to get behavioral health care at home.

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What behavioral health services are available via telehealth?

Telehealth for behavioral health provides access in a private and safe space. Many services can be accessed virtually:

  • One on one therapy. You can have a private therapy session with a counselor online.
  • Group therapy. Join therapy sessions with a group of people from different places.
  • Text therapy. You can communicate with a mental health provider in writing.
  • Addiction counseling. Telehealth can be used to get support for substance use issues.
  • Medication prescribing. Providers can prescribe medications for mental health conditions during the telehealth session.
  • Medication-assisted treatment. Telehealth may be used to provide medications to help people with substance use disorders.
  • Medication monitoring. Your provider can keep track of side effects and your concerns with medication.
  • Mental health screening. A provider can use telehealth to check for conditions like depression and anxiety.
  • Referrals. Providers can recommend that you see a specialist.
  • Anxiety and depression monitoring. Telehealth can be used to monitor and manage symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Tip: Read tips for using telehealth for behavioral health (PDF).

Learn how telehealth is used to deliver mental health care for children.

How do I access telehealth services for behavioral health?

Many behavioral health providers now offer telehealth. Talk to your provider to see if a virtual visit is a good fit for you.

More information:

How do I pay for telehealth? — Health Resources and Services Administration

How do I schedule a telehealth appointment? — Health Resources and Services Administration

How telehealth helps patients access care? (video) — Health Resources and Services Administration

Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program — Health Resources and Services Administration

What do I need to use telehealth? — Health Resources and Services Administration