Behavioral Health Service Delivery in Rural Communities

The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research has developed a robust, easily searchable, open source, exportable provider database to enable veterans and their families to connect with providers who have received training in military-specific conditions and/or express an interest in serving military families. Over 1,000 providers have registered their practice information, with more being recruited nationwide.

Planning for the provision of specialized health and mental health services to returning Citizen Soldiers began in March 2009, utilizing the model of Integrated Care at primary care practices in rural Haywood County, NC. The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is a key partner in this initiative, and implementation is underway.