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Project Overview

Vision

Primary mental health services via telehealth for diverse populations.

Mission

Telehealth clinical training for nurse practitioners to provide community-based mental health services.

Funded by

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

Overview

T-HELP is a pilot clinical training program designed for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) students to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy skills, and health education. Clinical training and engagement utilizes both simulation and HIPAA compliant telehealth technologies, such as Zoom video conferencing, to enable students to develop the skills needed to run live and online group therapy sessions aimed at developing resilience. These sessions occur under the supervision of board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners and all students are licensed and registered nurses.

The goal of this program is to train nurse practitioner students to effectively utilize telehealth technology to reach underserved individuals with mental health needs in community settings. Outreach efforts focus on, but are not limited to, Latino youth/young adults, to decrease stigma related to accessing mental health services. Training has a special focus on cultural competence which includes culturally and linguistically services that are responsive to individual culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, and other spiritual beliefs in accordance with the goals of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). These sessions involve participants from CSULB Student Housing, HOAG Community Health Center, Jordan High School, and the Paramount Community Center. These community partners have approved multiple groups to run over eight weeks each semester. In an effort to comply with the CA Stay At Home order, all Wellness Group sessions during this time are online using Zoom video conferencing.