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Could TELEHEALTH Reduce Barriers To Mental Health Services & Primary Care In Rural Communities?


Telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions.


Telehealth Solutions for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

​"Utilizing Telehealth technologies to access care addresses provider shortages, transportation challenges, and reduces the over-all social stigma often associated with seeking treatment at a mental health facility located in a rural community, where everyone knows everyone, and a person's anonymity can not always be protected," says Susan Wagenaar, founder of Colusa County Recovery, an online recovery, wellness, and advocacy, volunteer-driven, community-based organization.


"Having access to community-based TELEHEALTH CARE-CENTERS will decrease care gaps, health inequities, and privacy barriers; while broadly advancing telehealth, including primary care, mental health, and substance use recovery services, here in Colusa County, and in other communities" reports Wagenaar. "This is a 'major' win-win situation. Telehealth is a game changer for our community."


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LEARN MORE

Click on the link provided below to learn more about Telehealth Care Centers within Colusa County, offered through PneumaCare in association with the Ministerial Association of Colusa County.