“Reginald learned how to maintain good relationships with his peers and handle his mental illness with great success … Reggie really is an inspiration to the others.”
2020 has been a turbulent year for all of us. It has taken a serious toll on our collective mental health, but for individuals with severe mental illness, it has been particularly taxing. All traditional support programs, including in-person mental health counseling, has been disrupted, putting those affected at greater risk of falling into a mental health crisis.
Even without a global pandemic, critical counseling services can be hard to reach for some – physically and financially. Thankfully, there is a solution. Technological advances have allowed us to reach those we serve with Telehealth solutions, but often, providers struggle to offer these services due to restrictive rules from insurance companies and Medicaid. This means, we can’t get paid for providing them – yet – and that thousands of people who need help the most can’t access it. By ensuring an equal playing field for telehealth services, we can make vitally important mental healthcare available and easy to access, for those in need.
So what can you do to make it so that we ALL arrive on the other side of this mental health crisis?
29 states and Washington D.C. have already passed policy to allow providers like us to provide this service and get paid for it (referred to as “pay parity”), unfortunately New Jersey has not. It is time for New Jersey to catch up.