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(EP-128) Using Telemedicine and Tele-psychiatry to Triage Adolescents While They Remain in a School Setting

Monday, April 24
5:45 PM - 5:59 PM
Location: Experience Zone - ePosters

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Telemedicine, Wellness, Intervention, Triage, and Referral (TWITR) Project was created following a grant from the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor for the State of Texas (Grant Nos. 2731701 and 2731701) to create a model for identifying students at risk for committing school violence and intervene with those students before acts of violence occur. The program objectives are to promote school safety, to provide assessment and referral services to students who may be struggling due to behavior health issues, and to provide further training and support to teachers, school counselors and administrative staff.

The model uses Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) to go into schools and assess junior high or high school students who have been identified by school personnel as having behavioral problems possibly leading to violence. If, through the assessment, a student is identified as requiring mental health care, either a referral for individual and/or family counseling is made or the student is referred to a medical school department of psychiatry for telemedicine psychiatric services. A total of two telemedicine psychiatric sessions are provided and if additional services are needed then the student would be incorporated as a patient in the psychiatry clinic. For those students needing psychiatric services, telemedicine sessions between the school and the Psychiatry Clinic are provided. In this manner, students could have up to two telemedicine psychiatric sessions while they remain in school, which has prevented students from having long waits to receive care and prevents the need for prolonged leave from school.

The project provides services to students referred from a total of ten rural school districts that surround the Lubbock, Texas area: Abernathy ISD, Brownfield ISD, Crosbyton ISD, Idalou ISD, Levelland ISD, Littlefield ISD, Plainview ISD, Ralls ISD, Shallowater ISD and Lubbock Cooper ISD.

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Travis Hanson

Executive Director/Professor
Texas Tech University

Travis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where he attended the University of Utah earning bachelor degrees in social statistics and criminology. Travis later moved to Texas to attend graduate school where he graduated summa cum laude with a masters degree in personal financial planning from Texas Tech University. Travis also graduated cum laude with his juris doctorate from the Texas Tech University School of Law. Travis is the program lead for the Innovative Healthcare Transformation department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. This department includes the university telemedicine programs, telemedicine laboratories, and all other health information technology projects. Travis is also a adjunct faculty member in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health where he teaches Law and Ethics in Healthcare.


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Ron Martin

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Ronald Martin is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in Texas. He currently works at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock with the TWITR project providing mental health assistance to adolescents in rural schools. Ron was in law enforcement for thirty-seven years. He retired as a Chief and National Chaplain from the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Field Operations, El Paso, Texas in 2013. During the course of his career he served as an instructor and course developer for the National Chaplain Academy presented at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers in Artesia, NM and Glynco, GA. These courses were joint courses with the Office of Field Operations and Office of Border Patrol.
He is currently and instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He teaches classes in Individual, Group Crisis Intervention and Peer Support.


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