Feds fund telehealth program for troubled rural kids

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 08:42:07-04
BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal grant is bringing long-distance care to children with social, emotional and behavioral problems in three rural Maryland counties.
U.S. senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced $300,000 in funding Monday from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Baltimore-based Kennedy Krieger Institute.
The Maryland senators say in a statement that the institute will partner with hospitals in Garrett and Worcester counties, and with school-based health centers in Dorchester County, to screen patients and deliver specialized care.
Cardin says people in rural communities are often unable to get needed care because specialists aren't available. Specialists at Kennedy Krieger will be able to see and talk to patients remotely to make diagnoses and recommend treatment.

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