Governor Cooper announces telepsychiatry grant in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Governor Roy Cooper joined United Health Foundation at East Carolina University in Greenville in announcing a three-year, $3.2 million grant for the North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program.

Expansion of the telepsychiatry program will provide mental health services to underserved children in six community-based pediatric and primary care clinics in rural and underserved parts of the state.

The partnership will expand the North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program and is part of the United Health Foundation and UnitedHealth Group’s ongoing commitment to support the mental health and well-being of youth in North Carolina, according to a news release.

The multi-year grant will support mental health and well-being of underserved youth in the state.

In North Carolina, children experience significant challenges accessing the care needed to address their mental health. More than 70% of children with a mental health disorder do not receive treatment and 92 out of 100 North Carolina counties are designated as mental health professional shortage areas.