Rural Behavioral Health Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities (1 CE)
Bio: This course has been developed by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2016). Rural Behavioral Health: Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities. In Brief, Volume 9, Issue 2.
Course Description: This course is intended for behavioral health practitioners and other professionals concerned with mental health, such as attorneys, behavioral health training program faculty, clergy, pharmacists, and primary care practitioners. First, a brief summary of telehealth, using telehealth in the behavioral health field, and barriers in using this method of treatment is presented. Then an overview of ways to address accessibility barriers in telehealth is discussed and additional challenges related to implementing telehealth services, especially in rural areas, are examined. Finally, suggestions for various professionals who influence mental health in their communities are provided with various behavioral health information, resources, and steps to promote telehealth in rural communities is presented.
1. To cite key research findings on telehealth for behavioral health, especially as it relates to rural populations.
2. To summarize the various factors that contribute to acceptability barriers and challenges with implementing telehealth in rural communities.
3. To provide information and resources on behavioral health to other professionals who influence rural community members.
Course Format: Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete an online multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete an online course evaluation.