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Telehealth Services Expand To Robertson County

In an area where mental and behavioral health services are scant, free help is just a phone call away thanks to the Texas A&M Health Science Center in partnership with CHI St. Joseph.
By Kelli Reynolds, Texas A&M University Health Science Center July 5, 2019

Counselor works with client via telehealth
The Telehealth Counseling Clinic has expanded its mental health care services to Robertson County.

Texas A&M Health Science Center


The Texas A&M University Health Science Center has expanded telehealth services to two sites in Robertson County in partnership with CHI St. Joseph. The new sites are in the towns of Franklin and Hearne.

Services are free and are conducted via a secure video platform — the same service model as the one launched in Burleson County in May. The expansion of services is another step the Health Science Center is taking toward integrating behavioral health in a primary care facility so patients can see both their health care provider and behavioral therapist in one setting.

Individuals interested in utilizing the services can call 979-436-0700 to request an eligibility screening. Individual, couples and group therapy are offered through video conference and telephone therapy services. The sessions cover a wide variety of needs — including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress — for ages 13 and older in English and Spanish.

The addition of mental health services in Robertson County is addressing a critical need, said Carly E. McCord, PhD, director of clinical services at the Telehealth Counseling Clinic and a clinical research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

The best-performing counties in the nation have mental health provider to population ratios of one provider to every 310 people, McCord said. Robertson County has the highest ratio in the Brazos Valley, with almost 1 provider to every 17,000 people.

“It is a privilege and a pleasure to be part of the solution for increased access to mental health care in our region, and we are especially excited to serve in Robertson County, where the need is so great,” McCord said.

The expanded services are funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant McCord received in September.

This article by Kelli Reynolds originally appeared in Vital Record.

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