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Telehealth Programs


Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Assistance Type: PROJECT GRANTS
Popular Name: There are five telehealth programs as follows: Telehealth Network Program (TNGP) Telehealth Resource Centers Program (TRC) (national and regional) Licensure Portability Grant Program (LPGP) Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program (EB-THNP) Telehealth Center of Excellence (COE)
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Objectives: The purpose of the Telehealth Network Program (TNGP) is to fund programs that demonstrate how telehealth networks improve healthcare services in rural communities. The current cohort is focused on telehealth services delivered through school-based health centers/clinics (SBHC), particularly those serving high-poverty populations. The National Telehealth Resource Center Program (NTRC) and the Regional Telehealth Resource Center Program (RTRC) are designed to expand the availability of technical assistance in the development of telehealth services, leveraging the experience of mature programs with expertise in providing and implementing telehealth services. In Fiscal Year 2020, additional funds were allocated to the program to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts include promoting the use of telehealth to reduce the risk of COVID-19, enhancing readiness and training to respond to COVID-19 through telehealth, and providing access to telehealth to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Licensure Portability Program (LPP) supports state professional licensing boards to carry out programs under which licensing boards of various states cooperate to develop and implement state laws and related policies that will reduce statutory and regulatory barriers to the provision of health care services through telemedicine technology. In Fiscal Year 2020, additional funds were allocated to the program to increase the ability to address the COVID 19 pandemic. Efforts include adding new capacity to aid in helping a range of clinicians working with different boards (e.g., nurses, psychologists) develop and implement strategies that will encourage a streamlined process for multi-state licensure procedure(s). The Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program (EB-THNP) supports the use of telehealth networks to increase access to behavioral health care services in rural and frontier communities. While the Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program seeks to expand access to services for rural patients, its primary goal is to significantly contribute to the evidence base for assessing the effectiveness of tele-behavioral health care services for patients, providers, and payers. The Telehealth Center of Excellence (COEs) examine the efficacy of telehealth services in rural and urban areas and serve as a national clearinghouse for telehealth research and resources. The programs focus on the delivery and impact of telehealth across diagnosis based projects, numerous care settings and telehealth education and incorporate wide ranging technology and modalities to advance telehealth.