TeleMental Health Institute Sponsorship Program

TeleMental Health Institute’s Sponsorship Program

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.

Professional Training Program Description

You are invited to enjoy the benefits of sponsoring our Professional Training.

Advantages of an eLearning Environment

The advantages of an eLearning environment for mental health professionals and their staff are enormous:

  • Travel expenses are eliminated
  • Learning can happen wherever is convenient
  • Sessions are accessible from anywhere at any time as they are recorded
  • Online interface is simple to use
  • Friendly TMHI staff are available to assist on demand
  • CME’s and CE Hour’s are available to those who need them
  • Cost of participation is less than a brick-and-mortar conference
  • Faculty is a consortium of dignitaries and healthcare professionals who otherwise would be very difficult to host at a brick-and-mortar conference due to costs and scheduling

Your Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertising Sponsor

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.

Join us as a TeleMental Health Institute Sponsor Today! Review options here.


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The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. (TMHI) was formed in 2009 by Dr. Maheu with contributing volunteer support by Drs. Myron Pulier and Joseph McMenamin. In 2010, TMHI opened its eLearning telemental health learning center to professional colleagues seeking continuing education training in telemental health.
  • Founder


    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.

    Advisory Board and Management Team

    Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD Kenneth Drude Kenneth Drude, Ph.D.
    David Luxton, Ph.D. David Luxton, Ph.D. Shawna Wright, Ph.D. Shawna Wright, Ph.D.
    Nirav Desai, MBA Nirav Desai, MBA
    CEO of Hands On Telehealth and Principal Healthcare Strategist at Mobiquity


    The Mental Health Professional and the New Technologies: A Handbook for Practice Today

    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 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.

  • Current Focus

    To date, TMHI has served more than 3,100 registered licensed behavioral health professionals from over 39 countries worldwide. The Institute is in support of innovation, implementation and integrity. It is expanding into graduate-level education to reach professionals-in-training who are interested in technology and how to apply it to their future roles as behavioral service professionals.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the TeleMental Health Institute is to foster the adoption of legal, ethical and evidence-based, behavioral services through technology.


    Objectives, Goals, and Timelines

    TMHI is interested in pursuing additional market segments, specifically:

    • professional associations
    • public and private sector hospitals, clinics & agencies
    • residential care facilities
    • medical and behavioral health practitioners
    • government agencies and
    • graduate programs

    Beneficiaries and Services

    TMHI is devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of:

    • telepsychiatry
    • telepsychology
    • distance counseling
    • online therapy
    • and coaching

    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.


    Issues You Can Help Us Address

    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.

    The Vast Population of Behavioral Health Professionals Needs Training

    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 trained workforce rapidly is aging and professional training programs are not keeping pace with the replacement needs which are expected to emerge over the next decade;
    • More individuals are seeking care as the stigma associated with receiving treatment has eased;
    • Federal legislation (The Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act of 2008) both has increased the scope of insurance coverage for mental health and addictions conditions, as well as the number of Americans who will be insured. Demand for services increases as insurance coverage increases.


    Behavioral Issues of the American Population are in Need

    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 Education on Health Care Reform

    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.

    Given the numbers of professionals who have taken some form of telemental health training at TMHI, it is not surprising that many have expressed appreciation for the services they have received.

    What Our Trainees Are Saying…

    “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.

    What Our Colleagues Are Saying…

    Pat DeLeon Ph.D.

    “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


    James Bray, Ph.D.

    “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


    Gerald Koocher, Ph.D.

    “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


    Donna Ford MA

    “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


    Our media partners include American Telemedicine Association, the American Board of Medical Psychologists, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists, the Traumatology Institute, the Center for Connected Health Policy, the California Telehealth Network,, Parent-Child, Forefront Telecare, TherapySites, ZinneyMe, and Arizona State University.


    Review your Four Sponsorship Options Here.

    Platinum Sponsorship – $12,500


    • Prominent display of your logo on the Telemental Health Partner page, linked to any of your webpages for one year.
    • Large banner ad on the TMHI blog which receives more than 5,000 unique professional visitors monthly.
    • Discussion and pictures of three of your products or services in the TMHI blog.
    • Mention of your organization on all recorded public program introductions for one year.
    • Insertion of 40-word “News” block on the training platform, where over 2,900 professionals are registered for training.
    • The first 100 attendees will receive 1/2 price Training Programs compliments of your company.
    • All benefits of Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorships.

    Gold Sponsorship – $7,500


    • Recording of 1-hour interview of your executive(s) discussing the scientific evidence base supporting your product (not to be product pitches). Recording to be featured on TMHI blog. You will retain the rights to the recording to use for whichever lawful purposes you deem most appropriate.
    • Your ad in the TMHI newsletter, which reaches more than 3500 mental health professionals, for one year.
    • Co-branded page on, featuring a 20% discounted training fee for your customers on the purchase of a training package.
    • Ten VIP passes to TMHI’s Basic Level Professional Training for you and your guests, $4000 value.
    • The Making a Difference Award to be presented to you on video and released through YouTube and other TMHI social media within one month of your donation.
    • All benefits of Silver and Bronze Sponsorships.

    Silver Sponsorship – $3,500


    • Prominent display of your company and logo in ten YouTube promotional videos reaching our intended audience of over 500,000 licensed behavioral healthcare professionals.
    • Full sidebar ad linking to your website’s TMHI landing page offering your product or service to TMHI referrals.
    • Your company’s exposure to our telemental heath audience through various social media venues (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more) when announcing topics for YouTube videos.
    • All benefits of Bronze Sponsorship.

    Bronze Sponsorship – $1,500


    • Branding of your company name and logo on TMHI Preferred Service Provider page accessible by TMHI Trainees.
    • Announcement of Your Sponsorship in Social Media accounts: Blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit, Stumbleupon
    • Strategic placement of your company name and logo on the TMHI Partner Page.
    • Enhanced promotion of your company name, service description and link to your website from the relevant TMHI resource listing page for 6 months.


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