During the COVID-19 pandemic Ohio families faced unprecedented new stresses, fears, and anxieties. Community behavioral health providers and patients were left to navigate these challenges in new, creative ways. Thus, telehealth immediately rose as the primary service delivery modality for behavioral health services, which challenged policymakers to re-consider federal and state policies on the allowable use of telehealth and virtual-based services.
In light of these changing policies, many now made permanent, many questions have arisen regarding the impact and status of state agency, licensure board, and legislative action. As a result, we created a Telehealth Whitepaper addressing these changes as they have progressed, as well as what this means for Ohio providers and the families they serve moving forward.