The people in greatest need and those most able to help are not frequently neighbors. In a sprawling and traffic-plagued region like Southern California, it can be especially difficult to assemble a team of psychiatric practitioners. Long commutes are often a barrier to otherwise qualified and well-matched individuals. There are ways around this. One of those ways is to use telepsychiatry.
With a little creativity and technical know-how, telepsychiatry can be incorporated into just about any community mental health practice. It can be deployed full time or may be used to supplement in-person coverage. For example, with medication follow-up appointments. Locations can get certified, practitioners can be trained. If you are having trouble getting psychiatric care for your clients, why not give telepsychiatry a try?