- It’s attempting to close the huge gap between those who need services and those who receive services.
- Tech advances have provided exciting new resources in this battle.
- 25% of Americans meet the criteria for diagnosable psychiatric condition, with approx. 50% of the population meeting criteria for a disorder at some point in their lives.
- Psychiatric diagnoses also are associated with huge financial cost to society in terms of medical care, earning loss, and criminal justice expenses.
- In spite, majority of individuals in need of mental healthcare services will never receive treatment.
- Leaving an even smaller percentage of people who receive evidence-based care.
- This isn’t due to the fact that effective treatments aren’t available; many psychological interventions have been developed and systemically evaluated for the treatment of mental health problems.
- Over 320 evidence based interventions exist for mental health problems.
They are working to address these unmet needs through several different strategies, including increased emphasis on dissemination of effective interventions, the development of novel models of treatment. (e.g., task shifting and best-buy interventions), and the use of technology to expand the reach of existing interventions (e.g. Internet-based treatments).
Ex. Web-based interventions have become increasingly common for a wide range of psychological problems like depression, bulimia and social phobia.
During these interventions, patients typically access them at their own convenience with varying degrees of therapist support (e.g., telephone check-ins to monitor progress)
Technological advances in treatment aren’t limited to the web based programs.