Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

This resource was approved by the SMI Adviser clinical expert team for inclusion in the knowledge base.

This guide provides concrete information on how to provide evidence based treatments using telehealth. It provides an overview of the current landscape of telehealth, including its need, benefits, and challenges for the treatment of SMI and SUD among adults; provides an overview of research related to using telehealth for screening and assessment, treatment, medication management, case management, recovery support, and crisis services; provides practical information to consider at the individual client and provider, provider-client level; gives examples of EBP programs that have implemented telehealth modalities for the treatment of SMI; and guidance and resources for evaluating telehealth-delivered services.


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