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This Chicago Startup is Fighting the Mental Health Crisis with Virtual Therapists

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In Illinois healthcare news, a Chicago startup called Regroup is offering a unique mental health service that allows patients to see a therapist from their primary care doctor’s office via teleconference.

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. or 43.8 million experiences a mental health condition in a given year, according to National Alliance on Mental Illness.
However, only half of them end up receiving proper treatment.

“People with mental health issues don’t necessarily want to spend the time or have the ability to self-navigate some of the solutions out there,” said David Cohn, founder and CEO of Regroup.

“But if you go to where they already go see the doctor, it’s a lot easier for them to engage with it and benefit from it,” added Cohn. The startup, which offers their services in more 20 states, has treated over 100,000 people and are averaging about 10,000 sessions per month.

Regroup’s 100 mental health professionals range from adult and child psychiatrists to psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologists and therapists.

During a session, patients arrive at their doctor’s office and video chat with a specialist. The conversation is private and patients see the same clinician during each of their visits. Regroup services could make a world of difference in the lives of the 1.5 million of people living in rural Illinois who rarely step foot into a psychiatrist’s office.

The company’s mission is alignment with Illinois’ larger plan to expand access to mental health services for its residents using digital solutions. Illinois recently got an “A” grade for mental health parity, the highest grade in the nation.

Read about the other top healthcare startups to watch in 2018.

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