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Telehealth for behavioral health care

Introduction to telehealth for behavioral health care

The practice of behavioral health — like other areas of health care — has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Behavioral and mental health providers can offer and get reimbursed for behavioral telehealth services.

Patients who use behavioral telehealth from their homes can have more safety, privacy and convenience.

Behavioral telehealth may also be referred to as telebehavioral health, telemental health, telepsychiatry, or telepsychology.

Types of telebehavioral health

Behavioral and mental health providers use online and digital health tools to deliver one-on-one therapy.

Group teletherapy is usually done online and offers the added benefits of community, reduced feelings of isolation, and new perspectives.

Virtual, telebehavioral health care can be part of an integrated approach to treating substance use disorders.