SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Burrell Behavioral Health will be expanding its telehealth services thanks to some federal funding.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is giving Burrell more than $750,000 as part of the federal government’s CARES Act.
According to Adam Andreassen, chief operating officer at Burrell, there has been a significant increase in remote care.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen an uptick of remote care of about 70% of all encounters we are having is happening remotely,” said Andreassen.
Burrell will use the money to buy laptops, mobile hot spots and video equipment for all 17 counties the organization has a facility.
Clients, according to Andreassen, are asking for remote care while still providing walk-in care.
“What happens a lot of times is people don’t realize they are distressed until they don’t even have time to get on the schedule or time to come in, or they may not have access to a car,” said Andreassen. ” What this does is allow us to up the level of care and access while still providing a similar level of care.”
With the funding, Burrell expects its total investment in room and equipment will rise to about $2 million in the next few years.
The FCC has given money to Missouri healthcare providers through the CARES Act to expand telehealth services.