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Claims for mental health services skyrocketing since start of Coronavirus Pandemic

New data shows that around 40% of adults have struggled with their mental health during the Coronavirus Pandemic. That figure rose even more among healthcare workers to account for nearly half of those who have been working on the front-lines of the pandemic.

With businesses closed for in person visits around the state, telehealth claims through OMH increased by 55% from March to April.


A big shift for a space that had already seen significant growth in recent years.

The same could be said for CHE Behavioral Health Services based in Brooklyn, which was seeing about 10 patients a day via telehealth back in February and is now conducting around 15,000 behavioral telehealth visits every month.

“It’s been a lifeline for a lot of patients,” CHE President Raphael Treitel told Spectrum News. “People are so consumed by the emergency in front of them, then when things slow down, they start for the first time confronting the loss they suffered…that’s when the depression starts to set in. People shouldn’t feel alone, they should know there are trained professionals.”



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