Can telehealth help states steer kids away from a life of crime?

Telehealth may be improving clinical outcomes, reducing costs and easing provider stress, but it’s also giving South Dakota state officials something else to smile about: the growing success rate of the state’s juvenile diversion program.

According to a recent report from the South Dakota Juvenile Justice Oversight Council, a connected health platform has helped state corrections officials connect more at-risk youths with clinical and behavioral health services. This, in turn, has boosted the success rate of the state’s diversion program from 77% in 2018 to almost 84% in 2019.

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