Telemedicine permits behavioral management conferencing with students from school
DEADWOOD — Lead-Deadwood students and their parents utilizing mental health services through Behavior Management Systems (BMS) can now do so during the school day via complimentary computer teleconferencing, the TeleMed program parameters approved by the Lead-Deadwood School Board Feb. 12.
Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services, such as health assessments or consultations, over the telecommunications infrastructure. It allows healthcare providers to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients without the need for an in-person visit. TeleMed is the service provider BMS and the district will use for the service.
“Prior to each appointment, nurse Rogers will take weight and blood pressure data for each student,” said Elementary School Principal Tim Kosters. “A parent/guardian must be present at each appointment with BMS. BMS will handle all release requirements prior to our students receiving services in our schools.”
The district will not be responsible or be charged for any portion of the services provided in the district.
“We will be responsible for providing a computer and technical support during the time of the TeleMed appointment with BMS,” Kosters said. “Our students will meet with the BMS provider once per month or as needed, based on the professional opinion. Students that receive free lunch will qualify for BMS services and there is a sliding scale rate for students who do not qualify for free lunch.”
District officials will make referrals to BMS based on school and parent communication, similar to what is currently done with BMS counseling services.
“BMS will take care of all intake paperwork necessary prior to meeting with the student and parent in our school,” Kosters said. “We have tested our network capabilities with the BMS technology. Both systems have operated successfully during our test. BMS has contacted both the Lead and Deadwood pharmacies. Both are capable of receiving e-scripts.”
There are eight students in the district who are BMS clients and will immediately benefit from the services being allowed in the school.
Instead of taking a student out of school from anywhere to half to an entire day, in-building appointments will take a maximum of 20 minutes to half an hour.
“This will allow parents to come to the elementary school, eliminating the barriers of time, transportation concerns, and attendance,” Kosters said.
“I think it sounds like a great idea,” said board member Tera Mau.
Administrators feel that with the ease of TeleMed administration, more students and their parents in need of BMS services may have better access to mental health care.
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