Prep work required for clinicians to deliver remote treatment effectively, founder says

The coronavirus pandemic forced the temporary closure of many mental health treatment programs for high risk youth, leaving them without the structure, social interaction, and emotional support essential to recovery.

The Boston Child Study Center was in a good position to bridge this gap. In January, 40 percent of patients served by its offices on Boylston Street and in Natick, Massachusetts, saw a therapist virtually and 60 percent of patients served by its Los Angeles office did.

As part of the center’s shift to 100 percent telehealth delivery, it launched a virtual Partial Hospital Program on Monday, March 23. Three days later, founder and director Ryan J. Madigan, Psy.D., spoke by phone with New England Psychologist for a progress report.

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