Statewide Telepsychiatry Program
What We Do
Telepsychiatry is defined as “the delivery of acute mental health or substance abuse care, including diagnosis or treatment, by means of two-way real-time interactive audio and video by a consulting provider at a consultant site to an individual patient at a referring site.”
Statewide Telepsychiatry Initiative
The NC Statewide Telepsychiatry Program (NC-STeP) was developed in response to Session Law 2013-360, directing the Office of Rural Health (ORH) to oversee a statewide telepsychiatry initiative. The program was instituted so that an individual presenting at a hospital emergency department with an acute behavioral health crisis will receive a timely specialized psychiatric assessment via video conferencing technology.
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North Carolina Telepsychiatry Program
Office of Rural Health
2009 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Brian P. Cooper, Jr, MHA
Telepsychiatry & Rural Hospital Specialist
Toll Free: 800-533-8847