About this Toolkit
The Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit was first published on
Toolkits are developed based on a review of FORHP grantees' applications, foundation-funded projects, and an
extensive literature review, to identify evidence-based and promising models. Programs featured in the toolkit
are interviewed to provide insights about their work and guidance for other rural communities interested in
undertaking a similar project.
This toolkit was produced by the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, in partnership with the
NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and in collaboration with the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub).
Contributors from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center include Carrie Henning-Smith and
The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center wishes to acknowledge the following individuals, who
have contributed their time and expertise to ensure that this toolkit is as useful and up-to-date as possible:
Tenly Pau Biggs, SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services
Andrew Philip, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions National Council for Behavioral Health
Alexander Ross, HRSA
For questions or comments about the toolkit, or for further assistance with using the toolkit, please contact:
Suggested citation: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health
Analysis, 2019. Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit [online] Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 28 November 2022].
The development of this toolkit was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP),
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Department (HHS) under contract #HHSH250201300021I/HHSH25034002T.