The mission of the Telehealth Counseling Clinic is to work collaboratively with community stakeholders to improve accessibility and quality of care to underserved populations. The TCC strives to create sustainable solutions that improve the well being of the community and its residents.
Mental health is integral to overall health and well-being. Globally, about 450 million people suffer from mental health disorders. In the United States, mental health disorders affect tens of millions of people, but only half receive treatment. The burden of mental illness costs the United States an estimated $150 billion annually and roughly 26 million Americans are without health insurance. Texas is ranked 48th in the United States for health funds distribution, making its residents heavily impacted by these mental health care disparities.
The Telehealth Counseling Clinic provides free counseling services to underserved individuals throughout the Brazos Valley Region of Texas. Rural residents experience significant disparities in accessing mental health services due to transportation, cost, and a lack of health insurance and providers. The TCC makes it possible for clients to receive counseling services at their own community health center or in the privacy of their own home.
Regional Healthcare Partnership 17(RHP 17) - The partners include Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Montgomery, Robertson, Walker, and Washington counties. The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) has been appointed as the RHP 17 anchor institution.
Health Resources & Services Administration(HRSA) - The purpose of the Telehealth Network Grant is to improve and expand the quality of health care services, the training of health care providers, and the health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decision-making.
Department of Educational Psychology - Doctoral students accepted into the TCC training program have the opportunity to work with and be trained by licensed counseling psychologists and gain hands-on experience as a telehealth counselor for the TCC. The TCC wants to create a telehealth counseling certificate program for the doctoral students.
Sam Houston State University - Students from Sam Houston State’s Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program are encouraged to apply for practicum opportunities offered by the TCC. Accepted students provide psychotherapy services to clients using telemethods and learn about the challenges and ethical issues of providing services via teleconferencing.
Faith Mission - Faith Mission is a multi-campus, faith-based community working to help people become self-sufficient through emergency assistance and paths to long-term improvement. The Faith Mission Health and Service Center is also the location of the Washington County Telehealth Counseling Clinic.
Health For All - Health for All is a free nonprofit health care clinic funded by local donors in Brazos Valley; it receives no state or federal funding. Health For All provides free doctors visits, pharmaceuticals, specialist exams, lab tests, X-rays, chronic disease management education and counseling services to low income patients in the Brazos Valley without health insurance.
Center for Community Health Development - The Center for Community Health Development (CCHD) uses a team science approach and works collaboratively with communities and other partners to develop, evaluate, translate, apply, and disseminate effective strategies to improve population health and reduce health disparities.