Broadband technology is being heralded as a way to broaden access to behavioral health services, especially in rural and underserved areas of the country where shortages of mental health professionals exist.

The difficulty of providing access to such services is typically not widely discussed, but it’s a growing area of concern to behavioral health professionals. They cite the fact that although one in five American adults has a mental illness, only about 40 percent of those affected have access to behavioral health services.

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