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Module 6: Sustainability of Rural Mental Health Programs

Sustainability is achieved by having a plan that outlines how to reach long-term goals and maintain the program and its partnerships. For rural mental health programs, resources may be limited, patients may have difficulty attending appointments, and organizations may experience staffing shortages. Rural areas must consider strategies to address these barriers in order to create more sustainable programs that provide for community needs.

For an overview of how to plan for the sustainability of your program, as well as strategies that would apply to any type of program, see Planning for Sustainability in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

This module discusses the key sustainability strategies to consider for programs related to rural mental health.

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