Statewide Telehealth Gains Popularity, Provides Convenience And Solutions For Teens

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Applications for admission to a new mental health treatment program for Wyoming adolescents opened in September. Wyoming Behavioral Institute (WBI) is now offering a statewide telehealth intensive outpatient treatment program provided by certified telehealth therapists. The model of care is designed for adolescents ages 14 to 17 who are in need of continued therapy following residential treatment or to prevent hospitalization.

Adolescent intensive mental health outpatient telehealth services support youth experiencing a variety of mental and behavioral health care challenges. Teens struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, impulse control, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, self-harm, and other diagnosable mental health concerns or challenges participate in nine hours of group therapy weekly, usually for four to six weeks. They may also attend individual and family therapy outside of the intensive outpatient group programming.

Telehealth allows people of all ages with symptoms of mental illness to remotely connect with therapists and other mental health professionals by phone, tablet or computer. Utilizing user-friendly, HIPAA-compliant video and communications technology, this service allows clients to see and speak with a therapist just as they would during an in-person consultation — all in real time, respectful of social distancing practices. WBI is a psychiatric hospital in Casper providing inpatient care for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in crisis. For more information about inpatient care, call 800-457-9312 and ask for intake.

Mental health intensive outpatient therapy supports youth in an outpatient setting so that they can still attend school and participate in work or other activities, while receiving structured support. The WBI intensive outpatient program is held three evenings each week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. WBI’s intensive outpatient program model incorporates Expressive Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and other skills-based treatment methods to develop goals and treatment plans intended to increase participants’ functioning and ability to find joy in life. For more information about the WBI telehealth intensive outpatient program, call 307-439-2139 or visit https://wbihelp.com/treatment-services/telehealth/.

WBI is an active member of the Wyoming Telehealth Network, working to increase access to telehealth services statewide. Teletherapy improves access to mental healthcare by helping clients overcome barriers to care including travel and transportation difficulties, scheduling limitations, mobility restrictions, illness and childcare challenges. For more information, visit wyomingtelehealth.org.

 Wyoming Behavioral Institute is celebrating their 25th Anniversary of serving people Across Wyoming. 

For more information regarding medical eligibility, insurance coverage and any out-of-pocket costs, please contact your provider.

To speak with a member of the WBI outpatient telehealth clinic team, give them a call at 307-439-2139 or you can reach us via email at wbioutpatient@uhsinc.com.

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