Become part of the new wave in healthcare by sponsoring the education an training of our colleagues through the Telehealth Institute, a California non-profit charitable organization organized for tax purposes as a 501(3)(c). The information below will outline who we are, what we are doing, and why. It will give you details of how you can become involved in our efforts to train interested colleagues in legal, ethical and risk management practices behavioral telehealth.
You are invited to enjoy the benefits of sponsoring our Professional Training.
The advantages of an eLearning environment for mental health professionals and their staff are enormous:
There are four levels at which you can contribute as an advertising sponsor to the quality educational programs provided by TeleMental Health Institute. TMHI is also a recognized 501(C)(3) non-profit organization under the laws of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States. As such, a portion of your sponsorship may be tax deductible as allowable by law. Please check with your tax professional.
Dr. Maheu has been a leader in telemental health since 1994. She started her online experience as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of SelfhelpMagazine, an online portal that is an award-winning, peer-reviewed publication holding contributions from thousands of mental health professionals worldwide. It was selected by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as the only recipient of funding to showcase mental health technology during President Clinton’s 1997 inauguration. Under Dr. Maheu’s stewardship, SelfhelpMagazine has since served millions of visitors from around the world.
Dr. Maheu is currently the Executive Director of the TeleMental Health Institute, where professionals of all behavioral disciplines can earn up to 84 hours of highly specialized continuing education in telemental health (CE units approved by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors and CME approved by the American Medical Association as well as other groups). Dr. Maheu is a leader in telemental health, online counseling and online therapy. She has consulted with large health and mental health insurance companies, community clinics, physician groups, universities, technology companies and independent practitioners. She has been the lead author of two textbooks in telemental health, is currently contracted to write two more, and speaks internationally on the topics of legal and ethical issues in telepractice using various technologies.
|Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD||Kenneth Drude, Ph.D.|
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|Nirav Desai, MBA
CEO of Hands On Telehealth and Principal Healthcare Strategist at Mobiquity
The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. (TMHI) was founded by Dr. Maheu, Pulier and McMenamin in 2009 after over a decade of collaborative work in behavioral telehealth to documenting the telemedicine evidence base in textbook form. Their shared passion was to identify what works in behavioral telehealth and spread the word to their colleagues. They collaborated on several publications and a cornerstone text book for the field, which was published in 2004. When eLearning platforms became cost effective, Dr. Maheu funded the development of an open source eLearning platform that is now housed at www.telehealth.org. Dr. Maheu, Pulier and McMenamin then set about to condense the printed materials of those previously written textbooks into coursework that could be accessed 24/7 through this TMHI eLearning platform. Drs. Pulier and McMenamin have donated their respective contributions to assist the TMHI effort, thereby allowing Dr. Maheu to steer the Institute to the success is now enjoys as the leading telemental and behavioral telehealth training center available worldwide.
The mission of the TeleMental Health Institute is to foster the adoption of legal, ethical and evidence-based, behavioral services through technology.
TMHI is interested in pursuing additional market segments, specifically:
TMHI is devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of:
Our beneficiaries include behavioral health students, professionals, their staff, and trickle down through them to consumers. TMHI offers convenient access to education and training courses for continuing education and continuing medical education credit.
According to the National Institute of Health, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in a given year. The need for quality behavioral services exists in many areas of health care and employment. Today’s practitioners can use technology to enable their practices, if they are educated in the proper methodology.
There are approximately 700,000 licensed physicians in the United States, of which approximately 30,000 are psychiatrists. Depending on the estimate, there are from 750,000 to 1,000,000 licensed mental health professionals in the United States. The vast majority of mental health professionals are master’s level social workers who work for medical facilities, clinics, community mental health clinics, social service agencies, or are in private practice. Psychologists and counselors work in a variety of settings, from academia to schools, clinics, hospitals, employee assistance programs, or in specialty disciplines such as industrial/organizational psychology and private practice. Many mental health professionals are employees of mental health service companies and also conduct a small private practice for a portion of their work hours.
The typical mental health professional in the United States is an average of 50 years or older, is female, and holds at least a Masters level degree and a salary of between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. More than 99% of them will hold at least one professional license. While some have licenses in multiple states, the majority of professionals hold a license in only one state, which is their state of residence.
Despite the seemingly large numbers of healthcare professionals, there is a shortage of trained mental health clinicians in many parts of the United States. This shortage is expected to intensify over the next several years due to several factors:
The shortage of trained mental health clinicians is most severe in rural and frontier areas. Many of these communities lack a single trained clinician. In the vast majority of these areas specialties such as child psychiatry are not available. The shortages also are felt in areas that are experiencing large episodic increases in demand caused by natural disasters or by manmade calamities such as terrorism and mass killings.
Practitioners need to be prepared for the huge changes that will result from the Health Care Reform laws. For example, Health Care Reform will fundamentally redefine how mental health professionals deal with patients, and payments will be based on outcomes, which will significantly impact the financial bottom line, and are especially hard for mental health professionals to meet. These changes will be hard on the industry and an educated workforce will be better prepared for the changes to come.
“The program has afforded me flexibility with my practice, giving me confidence in technology while providing me with opportunities to restructure my private practice. It has been great experience for me. Plus, many of my clients are in the maintenance phase and it allows them to do fifteen minute or half-hour sessions from home and not to have to commute to the office. I have gleaned many marketing ideas as I retool my practice for pre-retirement life.”
– Robin Dilley, PhD
Your contribution will help thousands of other beneficiaries that TMHI serves. Associating yourself with telemental health generates goodwill and community awareness. Our strategic alliance will be to our mutual benefit with mental health associations, companies and providers seeking to learn how to work with technology in Health Care Reform.
“Not only have I learned about the elements of telemental heath, your presentation of the subject is also reinforcing principles of quality and ethical service delivery regardless of delivery modality. Your humor is so engaging it is actually enjoyable to listen to the material.”
– Kathleen Judy, MS, LPCC
As you sponsor the TeleMental Health Summit you can feel great about being part of the TMHI team. You will join with the staff and board in touching and transforming the lives of mental health professionals, their patients, and staff across the nation. Listen to what other professionals who have used TMHI have to say:
“Again, my appreciation for what I have learned, and for the tremendous standard of excellence, knowledge and insight which you bring to our field.”
– Ellen Swallow, Ph.D.
“Thank you for organizing such high-quality materials.”
–Raghuram Bhat, MD
You will be proud of the difference your contribution to TMHI will make to the success of the many professionals why rely on us for timely, accurate and easily accessed information.
“Dr. Maheu is psychology’s Telehealth visionary, leading our colleagues through professional training in ethics and innovative technologies since the mid-90’s.”
– Pat DeLeon, Ph.D., MPH, JD, Former President, American Psychological Association
“Dr. Maheu is a leading national expert on the application of psychology in Telehealth, online services and use of new technologies to support and expand your practice.”
– James Bray, Ph.D., Past President, American Psychological Association, Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine
“Marlene has worked at the forefront of Telehealth for many years and has substantial expertise in the area. I strongly recommend her as a speaker and consultant in this arena.”
– Gerald Koocher, Ph.D., Past President, American Psychological Association, Associate Provost at Simmons College
“For nearly 20 years Marlene has been the leader in thought, training and advocacy regarding the impact of technology on mental health professions.”
– Donna Ford MA, Former President, American Counseling Association