The ACLP Telepsychiatry SIG was formed in 2010. Its mission is to provide information, resources, and leadership aimed at supporting the implementation and growth of a telepsychiatry approach to providing consultation-liaison psychiatry services to a broad spectrum of hospitalized and community-dwelling persons in any and all underserved or in-need settings, whether rural or urban. In addition, it encourages rigorous enquiry aimed at achieving greater knowledge of this technology, with a focus on improving this methodology to help make it comparable to—or better than—the in-person condition, as well as increasing its use.
The SIG has been very active in the Academy: We have presented papers or organized or participated in a skills course or workshop at every annual meeting since our creation; several members have published their research or recommendations in peer-reviewed journals, in white papers, or in textbooks; and some members serve on telemedicine-related editorial boards or are Editors-in-Chief of telemedicine-related journals.
Any ACLP member regardless of their stage of training, experience, or familiarity with telepsychiatry is most welcome to join this SIG!