On January 17, 2023, Charlie Health, the largest virtual intensive outpatient programming (IOP) provider for at-risk youth and families, announced its expansion into Florida. This comes at a time of need for the industry-leading mental health services the company offers.
"As per NAMI Florida, one in six youths between the ages of six and seventeen experience a mental health disorder every year in Florida. Over half of the adolescents in the state suffering from depression cannot receive treatment due to geographical and financial barriers.
Carter Barnhart, Co-Founder and CEO of Charlie Health (Mental Health America), said, "Over 6 million people in Florida live in communities that have a shortage of mental health professionals, demonstrating that it's more important than ever to find a viable solution to a limited system." She added, "Florida currently ranks 49th in the country for access to mental healthcare. We're going to change that. Our virtual IOP effectively eliminates long-standing barriers to care, providing young people and families in the state with evidence-based, life-saving treatment they can access from home."
(Source – PR Newswire)
This expansion of virtual IOP services in Florida follows the company's recent publication of a study on the effectiveness of virtual IOP. The study was completed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania. Based on data gathered over the course of nine months from 495 adolescent clients, researchers discovered a 71% reduction in suicidal ideation, a 60% reduction in depressive symptoms, and a 58% reduction in self-harm on discharge from Charlie Health's program.
About Charlie Health
Montana-based Charlie Health offers personalized treatment plans for adolescents, young adults, and families battling mental health and substance abuse disorders. The company's team of progressive, industry-leading professionals utilizes a customized approach to deliver evidence-based, comprehensive treatment programs. Charlie Health provides clients with the support they require for lifelong results via individual, group, and family therapy.