Chief Medical Officer of Array Presents during American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting

James Varrell, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Array Behavioral Care, was invited to present as part of a telepsychiatry workshop during the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) 66th Annual Meeting held in Chicago, IL from October 14-19.

Dr. Varrell is a board certified psychiatrist with a specialty in autism. He has been at the forefront of telepsychiatry and continues to educate the medical community regarding the benefits of telepsychiatry through various presentations and forums. Dr. Varrell performed the nation’s first involuntary psychiatric commitment via a televideo unit in 1999. Today, he regularly performs telepsychiatry evaluations and manages a staff of telepsychiatrists who see and treat patients across the nation.

This workshop, “Telepsychiatry: Getting Going and Staying in the Game,” shared best practices in telepsychiatry with children, adolescents and their families across sites, populations, healthcare landscapes and clinical practice. Topics covered during the workshop included:

  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Financial aspects
  • Technology
  • Finding partners and sites for practice
  • Public and private sector telepsychiatry
  • Models of care
  • Establishing a telepsychiatry space
  • Developing an authentic doctor-patient relationship via telepsychiatry
  • Training and competencies
  • Special issues related to culture, community and ethics

The chairs of this workshop were Kathleen Myers, MD, MPH from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital and David Pruitt, MD from the University of Maryland. Other co-presenters included Patricio Fischman, MD (Yale Child Study Center), Deepika Shaligram, MD (Boston Children’s Hospital), Shabana Khan, MD (Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital), Daniel Alicata, MD (University of Hawaii), Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD, MBA, MPE (Nationwide Children’s Hospital), Jennifer McWilliams, MD (Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Omaha), Lloyda Broomes Williamson, MD (Mejarry Medical College), Deborah M. Brooks, MD (University of Maryland). Sarah M. Edwards, DO (University of Maryland), Taryn Park, MD (University of Hawaii), Felissa Goldstein, MD (Lee Specialty Clinic), and Amanda Schroepfer O’Kelly, MD (University of Hawaii-Manoa).

Workshop attendees included early career and established providers, mental health agencies, training program representatives and program developers interested in integrating telepsychiatry into clinical care.

AACAP’s 66th Annual Meeting is the world’s largest meeting for child and adolescent psychiatrists and others interested in children’s mental health. The mission of AACAP is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents and families through advocacy, education and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

About Array

Array Behavioral Care (formerly InSight + Regroup) is the leading and largest telepsychiatry service provider in the country with a mission to transform access to quality, timely behavioral health care. Array offers telepsychiatry solutions and services across the continuum of care from hospital to home with its OnDemand Care, Scheduled Care and AtHome Care divisions. For more than 20 years, Array has partnered with hundreds of hospitals and health systems, community healthcare organizations and payers of all sizes to expand access to care and improve outcomes for underserved individuals, facilities and communities. As an industry pioneer and established thought leader, Array has helped shape the field, define the standard of care and advocate for improved telepsychiatry-friendly regulations. To learn more, visit www.arraybc.com.

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