Children and teens in need of mental health services in Cranbrook will now get access to psychiatrists via the web. The Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced it will extend its Tele-mental Health program to the city.
The online videoconferencing service gives youth one-on-one bi-monthly consultations with psychiatrists in conjunction with B.C. Children’s Hospital. The psychiatrists will also visit their patients once every two months.
The program is currently offered in other more remote locations around B.C.
“The technology of telehealth has really expanded the opportunity to provide care to more rural and remote areas of BC,” said Dr. Susan Baer, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of outpatient mental health services at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Baer is one of the psychiatrists who will be working with the Tele-mental Health program to offer treatment to children in Cranbrook.