Module 3: Program Clearinghouse
The HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has funded several programs in rural areas to implement mental health programs as part of the 330A Outreach Authority program. This program focuses on expanding access to healthcare services in rural areas.
Examples of current 330A Outreach Authority grantees and other organizations that have developed promising programs designed to improve mental health in a rural community are provided below. Evidence-based and promising service models for improving mental health are available in Module 2.
- Families Plus
Project Title: Families Plus
Synopsis: This mental health specialty clinic began in 1998 and expanded its services while partnering with other organizations after receiving a federal grant in 2015. The goal of Families Plus is to improve health access for children whose families are not able to achieve regular access.
- J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital
Project Title: Integrated Rural Behavioral Health and Primary Health Project
Synopsis: This project integrates behavioral health services into primary care clinics in a rural setting.
- Lac qui Parle Health Network
Project Title: Lac qui Parle Behavioral Health Collaborative
Synopsis: This program is working with three hospitals and clinics and one behavioral health provider in southwestern Minnesota to create an integration plan for behavioral health and primary care services. One of the program goals is to implement a flow chart for providers when working with patients experiencing mental health conditions. The program is also working to implement care coordinator positions to help patients manage their care plans.
- Mariposa Community Health
Project Title: Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network
Synopsis: The Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network is a rural health network specifically focused on improving access to care and behavioral health among youth.
- Sinnissippi Centers, Inc.
Project Title: Family Care Coordinator Project (FCCP)
Synopsis: This is a program consortium made up of agencies collaborating to improve children's mental health.
- Tanner Health System
Project Title: Willowbrooke, Tanner Health System
Synopsis: Willowbrooke provides mental healthcare to students through the school system by offering youth mental health first aid trainings and access to school counselors.
- Valley View Hospital
Project Title: The Practice Transformation project and the Community Care Alliance
Synopsis: This program is working to develop curriculum to train staff on the integration of behavioral and primary healthcare. Some of the goals of the program are creating roles for care coordination and improving performance measures for behavioral health.