The use of telemedicine in psychiatry helps meet patients' needs for convenient, affordable and readily-accessible mental health services. With a robust evidence base that shows telepsychiatry leading to improved outcomes and higher patient satisfaction ratings, policy makers, payers and providers are increasingly considering ways to implement and use telepsychiatry.
APA is helping psychiatrists learn about and adopt telepsychiatry through its Committee on Telepsychiatry, The Telepsychiatry Toolkit and its Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health (.pdf) guide.
The Telepsychiatry Toolkit
APA's Telepsychiatry Toolkit is an evolving resource for members who want to learn about the various aspects of telepsychiatry, including clinical, training, and policy considerations. As new topics emerge, more resources and information will be added to this toolkit.
The toolkit covers topics from History, training, practice/clinical, reimbursement and legal issues from leading psychiatrists.
Other Telepsychiatry Resources
This policy brief covers key components of policy changes relevant to the practice of telepsychiatry.View More (.pdf)
The goal of mobile health (mHealth) is to improve health outcomes through convenient, patient-driven mobile mental health support and self-management tools. This issue brief is an introduction to broad considerations for psychiatrists when engaging with mHealth solutions.View More (.pdf)
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, college students were abruptly displaced from their campuses to locations around the country and world. State legislation poses logistical challenges to maintaining continuity in care, while local treatment options are often not viable for a variety of reasons. Published August 2020.View More (.pdf)
A summary of 2020 survey results capturing APA members' use of telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency.Download (.pdf)
A practical, comprehensive, evidence-based guide to patient-centered clinical care delivered in whole or in part by technological devices and applications.View More
APA Policy on Telepsychiatry
In February 2018, APA updated its Policy on Telepsychiatry: