Welcome to The Rural Behavioral Health Website
The Rural Behavioral Health Website provides resources and information focused on rural behavioral health. It serves as a vehicle to support communities in addressing the behavioral health needs of children, youth, and families living in rural areas. On this website you will find:
- Information and resources on practical strategies to address the behavioral health needs of children and families living in rural areas;
- Links to innovative programs, practices and resources focused on rural behavioral health;
- Information about the Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series and how to register for an upcoming webinar; and,
- Archived webinars from the Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series.
What is the Rural Behavioral Health Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families?
The Rural Behavioral Health Initiative is a partnership between the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Mental Health Promotion Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Affirma Solutions Inc. The commitment of SAMHSA and its partners to the needs of children and families living in rural America led in 2007 to the development of a number of activities and planning, guided by federal and national partners. Since then the initiative has involved the implementation of technical assistance (TA) activities to: (1) improve awareness of the needs of rural communities; (2) identify the successes of rural communities in advancing mental health promotion; and (3) highlighting innovative and promising practices in improving access, availability of, and increased acceptability of mental health/behavioral health services and supports in rural America.
One of the major strategies in place is the Rural Behavioral Health (RBH) Webinar Series. Started in 2007, the RBH Webinar Series has implemented approximately four (4) webinars each year highlighting cross federal initiatives, innovative research, policy and practices, and trends in rural America.
Please see the Events page for a list of upcoming webinars and additional information on how to register for these webinars.