New Jersey Receives $2.3 Million for Pediatric Mental Health Services

This past week it was announced that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), along with the Nicholson Foundation, awarded the New Jersey State Department of Health $2.3 million to expand access to their Pediatric Psychiatry Collective (PPC) using telehealth. They have dubbed this effort the “New Jersey Family-Centered Mental Health Access Program.”

The PPC is a network of nine hospital-based “hubs” across the state where primary care providers can refer their pediatric and adolescent patients for mental and behavioral health services. The addition of telehealth services will drastically increase access to those services that are so desperately needed, but can be hard to come by.

The press release issued by the New Jersey DOH on January 10th cited a staggering statistic: “Nearly 20 percent of U.S. children have a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.” At a time when we are all acutely aware of the life-threatening issues that can arise out of such disorders, such as substance abuse and obesity, early and timely diagnosis and treatment is one meaningful way we can ensure our children’s futures.

To learn more about the program and the work vein done through their Pediatric Psychiatry Collective, read the full press release from the DOH here.

To learn how SimpleVisit can help you increase access to your Behavioral Health services through virtual care, please visit our website or call 877-83-VISIT to speak to a sales agent today!

About Simple Visit

SimpleVisit is a video service which allows patients and providers to connect over the video platform of their choice. With SimpleVisit providers are able to deliver on-demand visits to patients over any device or platform they have available to them. For more information on SimpleVisit and on how we are enabling providers to host virtual visits check out

January State Policy Update

State Policy Update The first few weeks of 2019 bring hope and progress for state telehealth reimbursement! The Center for Connected Health Policy tracks policy changes year-round for everything telehealth. Below is an update on states who proposed new regulations and...

read more

50-State Survey: Telerehabilitation

The Center for Connected Health Policy recently pushed out another one of their helpful 50-state policy reviews, this time on physical and occupational therapy through virtual care. Published in the fall 2018 volume of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation,...

read more

Road to Reimbursement: Location

Reimbursement policies usually present more of a challenge to telemedicine adoption than technology or training. Healthcare providers have reported high interest in offering remote care for their patients but question whether it makes good business sense if they...

read more