Cutler Institute

Webinar on Integrating Behavioral Health in Rural Primary Care

Remote yet Resourceful: Integrating Behavioral Health in Rural Primary Care

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions is sponsoring a webinar on rural behavioral health/primary care integration issues on Thursday, February 26th from 2-3:30 pm ET. There is no charge to participate and registration is open to all.

Register for free at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2291995024703945473

Closed Captioning Available Upon Request

Issues to be covered in the webinar: Workforce shortages. Transportation barriers. Remote access. Rural primary care providers face unique challenges in meeting the behavioral health needs of their communities. However, rural primary care providers integrating behavioral health services also have opportunities to address these barriers through the community collaboration and partnership models integration brings. Join this webinar, from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, to get an overview of integration models used in rural settings, planning best practices, financing considerations, and implementation strategies for primary care and behavioral health providers to collaborate and better meet the behavioral health needs of their communities. Learn how one rural primary care provider successfully collaborated with a behavioral health organization and the local Medicaid plan to improve the health status of the community, including reducing depression and substance abuse.

Presenters: Donald Simila, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center; and John Gale, Maine Rural Health Research Center, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.