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The focus of the Bridges to Mental and Behavioral Health project is to improve and expand Telehealth activities that will lead to the successful use of Telehealth for the provision of mental health to individuals in rural nursing homes, mental health clinics, and hospitals, by linking them to distant specialists. This project targets older adults; over 45, who have been diagnosed with mental/behavioral health disorders, dementia, depression, anxiety, delirium and other cognitive and neurological disorders. The project also includes continuing medical education for health care providers and caregivers using video-teleconferencing and focusing on mental health.

The Goals of the Telehealth Network Grant utilizes Telehealth networks to improve healthcare services, and expand access to the quality of mental health care services to the elderly; improve and expand the training of mental health care providers for the elderly; and expand and improve the quality of health information available to mental health care providers, patients, and their families. We are working to improve the management of mental health diseases/disorders in older adults by providing higher levels of care, through collaborating with distant psychiatrists, mental health counselors and educators, and geriatricians who provide consultations for patients and local providers. The project also provides Continuing Medical Education to providers to enhance their capacity to care for those with mental health illness.

BRTA partners with Riverside Health System, Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Service Board, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System,  HCA Virginia, Bay Aging, Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board, Inc., Eastern Virginia Medical School, Rappahannock Community College, Central Virginia Health Services and the Riverside Center for Excellence for Aging and Lifelong Health.

Bay Rivers is expanding and improving our Telehealth network with several new sites and infrastructure enhancements, that will be engaged in provision of behavioral and mental health services and education.

The Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance serves a 12-county area with a diverse, largely rural population.
• The geographic components of the area are the Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula, west to Richmond and outreached to the Eastern Shore.
• The counties in the Northern Neck are Lancaster, Richmond, Northumberland, and Westmoreland.
• The counties in the Middle Peninsula are Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Essex, Mathews, and Middlesex.
• The counties on the Eastern Shore of Virginia are Accomack and Northampton.
• The region is characterized by closely knit communities, surrounded by waterways that border the Chesapeake Bay.

Chronic Disease Self Management presented by Donna Dittman Hale, Executive Director, Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance

The Board of Directors of Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance (BRTA) announced the appointment of Donna Dittman Hale, MHA, CTC; as Executive Director and Project Director of the new Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program for the Rappahannock Region.
Based in Tappahannock, VA, BRTA, is a non-profit consortium of health care organizations created 10 years ago to increase the health and well-being of the medically underserved communities in rural northeastern Virginia by expanding access and reducing health disparities through implementing an open Telehealth system. This telehealth network of healthcare providers and community based organizations serves the residents of the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, Tidewater area and Eastern Shore of Virginia.More Link

Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance (BRTA) is pleased to announce a grant award of nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the Health Resources and Services Administration Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. This grant, with collaboration from partners, will establish a number of new telehealth sites to support expanded mental, behavioral, and geriatric patient care throughout the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Eastern Shore, from medical specialists located in Hampton Roads and Richmond.More Link