Delaware County Students Receive Innovative Telepsychiatry Services

Mental healthcare is now closer to home for students and their families in the Roxbury, Margaretville and Downsville school districts.

Margaretville Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), offers in-person individual- and family-therapy sessions to children and teens at the schools and, when the on-site counselor identifies a need, via secure videoconferencing technology with a board-certified child-and-adolescent psychiatrist through WMCHealth’s eHealth telemedicine program.

Timely evaluations and medically based care offer better patient outcomes for challenges such as anxiety, depression, adjustment to stressful experiences or attention deficit disorder. Services will expand to other Delaware County school districts this fall. Funding for the program comes from the state and federal Vital Access Provider Program and a separate Appalachian Regional Commission grant.