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Grant to Further ECU-Led Telepsychiatry Program

July 10, 2014
East Carolina University

A $1.5 million grant from The Duke Endowment will fund further expansion of the Statewide Telepsychiatry Program (NC-STeP), based out of East Carolina University.

The grant was awarded to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Rural Health and Community Care. ECU’s Center for Telepsychiatry began coordinating NC-STeP services in fall 2013.

By using secure, real-time interactive audio and video technology at the bedside, telepsychiatry enables mental health providers to diagnose and treat people needing care at any remote referring site.

 
"The statewide telepsychiatry program is about providing the best evidence-based care to our patients regardless of where they may be located - large cities or small towns in NC," said Dr. Sy Saeed, principal investigator on the Duke Endowment grant, director of NC-STeP and chair of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at ECU. "The expansion of the program through this funding will facilitate enhancing community capacity for caring for people with mental illness," Saeed said.

Learn more about the NC-STeP expansion.