GRAND FORKS – Sanford Overall health sufferers can now self-schedule virtual behavioral overall health appointments by way of their My Sanford Chart, with the initially appointments becoming readily available Monday, March 27.

Sufferers, age ten and older, will be connected to a licensed therapist or psychiatrist and will not need to have a referral from a principal care provider, Sanford Overall health stated in a statement.

Sufferers across Sanford’s healthcare footprint can acquire virtual behavioral overall health care, which is covered by most insurance coverage, Sanford officials say.

Altru Overall health Program, primarily based in Grand Forks, also delivers a comparable service, stated Kenneth Harvey, communications strategist at Altru.

“At Altru, our sufferers can currently request virtual behavioral overall health visits by way of MiChart,” Harvey stated. “Our robust virtual service continues to meet the demands of our communities.”

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At Sanford, a virtual overall health care initiative was created to meet the demands of sufferers, regardless of exactly where they reside.

“As we continue to reimagine healthcare by way of our virtual care initiative, an vital step is meeting sufferers exactly where they are,” stated Brad Schipper, president of virtual care at Sanford Overall health. “There are so quite a few men and women struggling with mental overall health and our aim is to have an additional way for men and women to access care.

“Taking care of your mental overall health is just as vital and standard as taking care of your physical overall health,” Schipper stated. “By providing sufferers the potential to schedule a virtual behavioral overall health appointment straight by way of My Sanford Chart, it provides them the comfort of getting care when they are prepared.”

Licensed therapists offer you counseling, support generate interventions or remedy plans, and recognize mental problems, behavioral problems, and emotional problems such as anxiousness or depression.

Psychiatrists assess, diagnose, prescribe medication, and treat sufferers for a wide variety of mental overall health problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, serious anxiousness, depression, and schizophrenia.

Sufferers can schedule a virtual behavioral overall health appointment at Mi Sanford Chart by going to

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Pamela Knudson is a functions and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald considering that 2011 and has covered a wide variety of subjects, such as the most up-to-date developments in the area and overall health subjects.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.

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