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California Mulls Guidelines for School Telemental Health Programs

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

California lawmakers are pushing a bill to develop a statewide policy for telehealth and telemedicine that will give students remote access to mental health services.

AB 2315, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, calls on the California Department of Education and Department of Health Care Services to develop connected care guidelines within two years for the state’s public schools, including charter schools.

The bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and State Assembly.

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Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D
Principal Investigator

Dr. Nelson’s research has focused on health services delivery using telemedicine, particularly telemental health. She has served as principal investigator and evaluator on several federal and foundation grant-supported research projects, including a randomized trial of childhood depression treatment over interactive televideo, an evaluation of provider-patient communication using telemedicine, an evaluation of home telehealth for lactation support, and studies of team-based telemedicine clinics for ADHD, youth depression and autism. She is currently the principal investigator on two federal grant-funded research projects integrating distance education and telemedicine services for geriatric populations and pediatric epilepsy. She is a co-investigator on a National Institute for Mental Health evaluation of telemedicine diagnosis of autism in young children. She frequently speaks about telemental health and its outcome, practice and policy. Dr. Nelson served as co-chair for the American Telemedicine Association’s telemental health guidelines. She is the clinical provider and supervisor for several telemental health clinics, including a multidisciplinary training clinic treating children with depression over telemedicine. The telemedicine clinics provide service across urban and rural Kansas schools and in other pediatric clinics. She teaches and supervises for the University of Kansas clinical psychology graduate program and KU School of Nursing.

Janine Gracy, MSE, CHES, CPP
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Janine Gracy, MSE, CHES, CPP joined the institute in December 2013 and is currently the project manager for the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (HTRC). Janine brings to the institute several years of health promotion, college health, strategic planning and program development experience. She has extensive skill in grant writing and building the capacity of individuals and organizations through leadership, coaching and best practice training.
Janine has both a bachelor of science and master of science in Education from the University of Kansas and is a certified health education specialist and certified prevention professional.

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