More than 15 million school-aged children suffer from psychiatric illness across the United States
A top provider of custom-made telehealth solutions, Let’s Talk Interactive, Inc., has recently joined forces with the State of Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hope for Healing initiative, and the Florida DCF (Department of Children & Family Services.
So What’s on Offer?
Just last week, 63 Telehealth iPads Portals and 63 Telehealth Kiosks, were launched across six counties. In fact, thanks to this highly beneficial initiative, every Florida Panhandle public school will boast a portal, ready for the beginning of the 2019 academic year. A spokesperson noted that: “The customized Telehealth Kiosks and Telemedicine Software Portals will enable more than 35,000 school-aged children to access much-needed care for those affected by life stressors, primarily the trauma and devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in late 2018”.
And How Can Families Apply For Their Children?
Students residing in: Liberty, Jackson, Franklin, Gulf, Calhoun, and Bay counties, who have Medicare or Medicaid insurance, can apply. And in addition to this, BBCBC (Big Bend Community Based Care), is making grants available for those without insurance.
Counseling Services For Children Affected by the Hurricane
All regions which were hit by the hurricane will provide counseling services via the Let’s Talk Interactive online platform, throughout the school year. The school children will have access to this service during the school day via Telehealth Portals. Further, the child’s legal guardian/parent can also join in the innovative video sessions at home or work, via the HIPPA-compliant platform.
A Cutting-Edge Initiative
The Founder of Let’s Talk Interactive, Arthur Cooksey, stated that: “First Lady DeSantis and the State of Florida are spearheading a cutting-edge initiative to tackle one of the nation’s leading crises – mental illness. Our goal is to break the stigma and provide unparalleled access to quality healthcare to anyone who needs it – especially for the next generation”.
And Florida’s Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, Mary Mayhew, remarked: “We are focused on what will make a difference in the lives of these young, vulnerable children. I too am so grateful that today we can talk about the impact of telehealth and telemental health in the lives of children and their families”.
Mayhew also highlighted the fact that Florida is experiencing a workforce shortage within the sphere of mental health; and that this pilot project will enable those in a position to help, to understand what more can be done to turn around the lives of countless children and families, not just within the area, but state-wide.
Monitoring the Progress
The initiative’s success will be monitored by the Let’s Talk Interactive during the course of the school year. This will comprise: calculating how many students take part; and how many partner with local providers. This information will be submitted to the State of Florida, and will serve as research to show how technology is positively impacting the children’s lives.