“Founded in 2014, InnovaTel Telepsychiatry has built an impressive platform to deliver clinical services to underserved communities by leveraging innovative teleconferencing, video and voice technology, while also improving clinical practice standards.
By focusing on a need created from a shortage of psychiatrists in community mental health settings, rural areas that experience difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified psychiatrists, can now receive excellent care.
InnovaTel’s management team have many years of experience as clinicians and administrators in Behavioral Health. Not only is this group committed to a recovery focused approach to treatment, their goal is that each consumer will be treated as if they were a family member—an almost extinct notion in today’s typlical mental health system.
Participating in sessions from the comfort of their own homes, patients can receive treatment without the stress of travel or up-close, face-to-face meetings in clinical settings. This approach also allows practitioners to increase productivity, and have more availability to actually practice psychiatry.
In our interview with Jon Evans and Dr. Liberty Eberly, they will share how InnovaTel’s founders came to believe in the viability of the telepsychiatry model, as well as real live success stories from the both practitioners and patients.
Where will future lead this adventurous group, and others like them? Jon and Dr. Liberty believe telepsychiatry will not only revolutionize the field, it will revitalize it to the benefit of all involved.
ABOUT JONATHAN EVANS & DR. LIBERTY EBERLY
Jonathan Evans, President & CEO, Founding Partner of InnovaTel, has been employed in the behavioral healthcare field for over 30 years. His career began at Hamot Institute for Behavioral Health where he was initially employed in the emergency department providing initial evaluations for patients presenting in the emergency room.
During his tenure at Hamot IBH he worked in many departments including emergency/ crisis intervention, outpatient therapy, Director of the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center(DEC) and the Director of the Adult Division, including inpatient behavioral health, substance abuse and geriatric units, outpatient services and the partial hospitalization programs. In addition, Mr. Evans served on the trauma rehabilitation team.
Jonathan left Hamot IBH in 1993 to become the founding President and CEO of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health. Safe Harbor was established to provide intensive outpatient services to patients with serious mental illness and to provide 24 hour a day crisis intervention services to anyone in Erie County.
Dr. Liberty Eberly, Physician Engagement Director, Psychiatrist, Founding Partner of InnovaTel, is a licensed Psychiatrist practicing since 2009 in Community Mental Health. This includes experience providing telepsychiatry since 2010. She has participated in the COMPASS grant program with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, PA studying the effects of a team approach (includes a Primary Care Physician, Psychiatrist and Case Manager) with patients experiencing a chronic medical condition and depression.
Dr. Eberly is very interested in the coordination of primary care and behavioral health care. She is a member of American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Eberly earned her D.O. degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie, PA. She also holds a Master’s in Medical Education.