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Based on best practices learned from the leading national telepsychiatry service provider company, this presentation will cover the clinical, business and policy best practices for establishing a successful telepsychiatry program.

Presenter Geoffrey Boyce has worked with organizations and communities in thirteen states to establish all types of telepsychiatry programs and will frame his discussion around the ideal community and organizational culture needed to create a thriving program.

Co-Presenter Dr. Jim Varrell will focus on lessons learned from his 14 years of practicing telepsychiatry. Drawing on his expertise and other clinical research, Dr. Varrell will discuss clinical obstacles to adopting telepsychiatry and examine how consumers react to telepsychiatry in a variety of settings.

After a survey of multiple successful models, this presentation will narrow in on a case study of a rural community mental health center. Before telebehavioral health, the center struggled to recruit and retain a behavioral health prescriber — a problem that made it difficult to treat consumers locally. Now the facility has a thriving relationship with a telepsychiatrist who even decided to “vacation” at the center.



During this 90-minute web briefing, the following topics will be discussed:

  • A survey of successful models for many telehealth programs
  • The do’s and don’ts for creating a strong telepsychiatry program
  • The cultural and educational changes needed to broaden telebehavioral health adoption
  • The obstacles limiting the growth and acceptance of telebehavioral health
  • A case study from a rural community health center who successfully implemented a telepsychiatry program

This presentation is appropriate for all levels of behavioral health leaders, providers, advocates and change makers.

Following the main presentation, the audience will be able to submit any questions while OPEN MINDS facilitates a Question and Answer session with Dr. Varrell and Mr. Boyce.

Featured Speakers

Dr. James R. Varrell, President & Medical Director, CFG Health Network & InSight — Dr. Jim Varrell is the founder and Medical Director of the CFG Health Network and InSight. Dr. Varrell is American Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and certified by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Varrell was the first psychiatrist to involuntarily commit a patient via telemedicine in 1999 and has been at the forefront of telepsychiatry and telemedicine advocacy throughout the nation since then. Dr. Varrell continues to educate the medical community regarding the benefits of telepsychiatry through various presentations and forums as a panelist and presenter. Recent presentations have included engagements with the American Psychiatric Association, the National Rural Health Association, the American Telemedicine Association and multiple Grand Rounds presentations. Dr. Varrell regularly preforms psychiatric evaluations via telepsychiatry and also manages a large staff of telepsychiatrists who serve a diverse group of behavioral health consumers.

Geoffrey Boyce, Executive Director, InSight — Geoffrey Boyce is the Executive Director of the CFG Health Network’s InSight. Since 2008, Boyce has advocated for the appropriate use and value of telepsychiatry and has developed unique telemedicine programs within areas of greatest need. Under Boyce’s business leadership, InSight has rapidly grown. Boyce is an active participant in telemedicine advocacy, education and reform initiatives, regularly interacting with state and local healthcare regulators and administrators. Boyce frequently speaks about the potential of telemedicine and the best practices for establishing new programs. Boyce holds an MBA from Terry College of Business at UGA with a focus on entrepreneurship and business planning. Through his technical training and real world entrepreneurial experience, Boyce offers a refreshing, value-oriented perspective on health care.

Registration for this executive web briefing has been provided at no charge courtesy of InSight.

Unable To Attend? Still register! At the conclusion of the event, all registrants will receive a recorded copy of the executive web briefing and presentation slides — regardless of attendance.

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