Telehealth (Virtual) Therapy

A viable and effective option

Of the half of Americans with psychological disorders who receive treatment, less than one-third do so with a mental health professional and less than one-quarter receive an evidence-based treatment (EBT). Geographical clustering of professionals further restricts access by rural and lower-income communities. 

Rapidly developing communication technologies, internet availability and technology literacy allow for increased access to mental health services. Web-based platforms reduce geographic and economic barriers (reduced childcare), expand potential service settings (home, office, school) and minimize healthcare disparities among underserved communities. Telehealth services have expanded rapidly and demonstrate effectiveness comparable to in-person EBTs. 

In fact, the COVID pandemic stepped up CFI’s need to accelerate its full transition to telehealth therapy. Even as times return to normal, it is likely a hybrid model—some in-person, some virtual—continues. With teletherapy services underway, the COVID era saw another change: the urgent need to reach underserved communities and communities of color communities. Through its sister organization, the Weissman Children’s Foundation, CFI launched the COVID Mental Health Relief Initiative to provide immediate treatment for families in need to help them cope, adapt and thrive during the pandemic.