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Policy Brief - Advancing Equity in Behavioral Health Through Telemedicine

Advancing Equity in Behavioral Health Through Telemedicine, examines the value of permanently expanding telemedicine to support the fundamental delivery of health care. 

The COVID pandemic helped demonstrate that telemedicine promotes access to health services and improves equity among socioeconomically, racially, and ethnically diverse families. Research has also shown that telemedicine is generally as effective as in-person psychotherapy. 

This policy brief was jointly authored by staff from CHDI, the Village for Families and Children, Connecticut Children's, and Yale New Haven Health Center/Yale Medicine and includes four recommendations to support the long-term effectiveness of telemedicine services for children and families.

NOTE: Since the publication of this policy brief (April 2021), Governor Lamont signed House Bill 5596, allowing the relaxed rules enacted through his executive order to remain in place through at least June 30, 2023. Learn more.

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