Mental health and crisis counselors say telehealth should stay even after pandemic ends

May 4, 2020
By Kevin Barry
News 5 Cleveland
https://www.news5cleveland.com/rebound/coronavirus-stress/mental-health-and-crisis-counselors-say-telehealth-should-stay-even-after-pandemic-ends


CLEVELAND — After emergency actions relaxed governing how mental health, addiction and crisis counselors can access their patients, those counselors say clients and patients would benefit from the changes becoming permanent.

“It’s been a radical shift in terms of how we interface with our patients and how our patients interface with us,” said Recovery Resources Chief Clinical Officer Jason Joyce.

Since March 9, healthcare providers have been allowed to use telemedicine to reach clients, allowing more people to be served while limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

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