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Schools use telemedicine as student mental health needs increase.

Telehealth services soared during the pandemic, as people sought to minimize in-person contact. Federal data shows that 17 percent of public schools reported telehealth services in the spring. Seventy percent of schools said the percentage of students seeking mental health services had increased. A psychiatry wait list had 880 patients in 2014-15, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Colorado’s Aurora Public Schools focused on mental health efforts after the Parkland school shooting. More than 1,800 therapy sessions were held remotely last spring, thanks to federal funds.