A strong support network made up of community partners is important for individuals with a mental health condition. In rural communities, these partnerships are important to ensure that an individual is receiving the care they need. Partners can collaborate on the best type of mental healthcare plans for a given individual. Some examples of organizations to include in partnerships include, but are not limited to:
- Homeless shelters
- Religious organizations
- Nonprofits and social services
- Employment services
- Law enforcement
- Transportation services
- Social support, including friends, families, employers, and others
Community partnerships can be used to alleviate limited mental healthcare options. This is especially relevant in rural areas, where healthcare resources are scarce. Community members and organizations can work together to ensure that they are all on board at the beginning of mental health programming implementation. More information about forming strong partnerships in rural areas can be found in the Rural Health Networks and Coalitions Toolkit.
Resources to Learn More
Health and Faith Community Partnership
Highlights partnerships between mental health providers and faith communities.
Organization(s): American Psychiatric Association
Outlines the importance of integrating behavioral healthcare plans using a partnership model.
Organization(s): SAMHSA – HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions