Mayo Clinic Health System locations in southwest Minnesota are now offering behavioral health services to patients in their Emergency Departments via telemedicine. These services include assessment, treatment and placement for outpatient or inpatient behavioral health needs.
“On any given day, a number of patients come to our local Emergency Department who are medically stable, but who otherwise are in crisis,” says Brian Bartlett, M.D., medical director of emergency medicine for Mayo Clinic Health System in southwest Minnesota. “Through the use of technology, we can now connect those patients experiencing a behavioral crisis with the right resources when they’re needed.”
Behavioral health services via telemedicine are being offered at Mayo Clinic Health System in emergency departments in Fairmont, New Prague, St. James, Springfield and Waseca by Behavioral Healthcare Partners (BHP), a Minnesota-based network for more than 5,000 behavioral health provider sites.
“While this new service certainly benefits our patients in a timely manner, it is only an interim solution to a much bigger situation,” says Dr. Bartlett. “The increased demand for behavioral health services reflects the general absence of these services statewide. Mayo Clinic is actively working with others on a long-term, multi-faceted response to this complex issue.”
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.