California Community Colleges Expand Telehealth Services

All community colleges in California will be able to offer virtual medical and mental health care to students through a new partnership between the Foundation for California Community Colleges and TimelyMD, a telehealth provider that serves colleges and universities.

The partnership, announcement Wednesday will give students 24-hour access to virtual health services through an app where students can connect with counselors and doctors within 10 minutes at no cost to students. The app can also connect students to food and housing and childcare assistance programs, among other needs. TimelyMD currently provides telehealth care at 20 community colleges in California.

Luke Hejl, CEO and Co-Founder of TimelyMD, said the goal is to “empower students to thrive and thrive in all aspects of their lives.”

“We look forward to enabling more California community college students to have access to care, when and where they need it,” he said in a press release.

California’s Budget Act 2021 allocated $ 30 million to expand mental health services available to students at community colleges in the state.

“We care deeply about our students, and the past two years have been exceptionally difficult for them,” Karen Engelsen, vice president of student development at Victor Valley College, said in the statement. “Providing telehealth and teletherapy services to students is no longer a question of if, but when. Between the financing of the CARES law and the State grants, resources are available.

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