Advanced technology makes world-class care readily accessible in underserved communities

“Today’s youth face enormous physical, emotional, and mental health challenges,” says Larry K. McReynolds, executive director, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. “The demand across the country for pediatric and adolescent behavioral health services far exceeds the number of professionals trained in child and adolescent psychiatry. Telepsychiatry is a clinically and cost effective solution that also is easily accessible.”

Welcome to telepsychiatry—an interactive video-based means of connecting patients to important mental health services. NYU Langone is now making this service available through its network of school-based health programs.

“With approval from the New York State Office of Mental Health, we launched a pilot program in telepsychiatry in late March at two schools: P.S. 24 and Sunset Park High School,” says W. Gordon Frankle, MD, chief of psychiatry at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn. “At the end of the school year, we will evaluate the program and plan next steps.”