Rural Behavioral Health: Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:   This course looks at telehealth as an opportunity to expand behavioral health care for rural communities and to provide greater access to services, providers, and specialties.  The course explores the benefits of telehealth that include improved access to qualified professionals, confidentiality, privacy, and accessibility.  Challenges to implementing telehealth care are also discussed, including issues of internet access, insurance coverage, and varying state regulations.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

Readings:  Rural Behavioral Health:  Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities

Find the reading at:  https://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/RuralBehavioralHealth-TelehealthChallengesandOpportunities.pdf

Publisher:  SAMHSA

Course Objectives: To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by exploring behavioral telehealth in rural communities.

Learning Objectives:  Compare the opportunities and challenges for telehealth in rural communities. Describe the benefits of telehealth on issues of privacy, confidentiality, and accesssibility.  Identify challenges for implementing telehealth.

Review our pre-reading study guide.

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1: Despite having a similar need for services, people in rural areas have ___________ access to the behavioral health continuum of care than do people in urban areas.
 
 
2: The idea of using telehealth to expand access to care first surface in the
 
 
 
 
3: A history of the U.S. agricultural population's behavioral health care cites  _____________ as one reason rural communities tend to "avoid seeking behavioral healthcare even when needed".
 
 
4: At Burke, a community mental health services provider in rural eastern Texas, patients are assessed and engaged via videoconference with a psychiatrist within _______________ of arrival.
 
 
 
 
5: More than ___________ of all US counties are mental health shortage areas.
 
 
 
 
6: Challenges to recruiting and retaining substance use treatment staff in rural areas include
 
 
 
 
 
 
7: Among the various technologies currently in use, which of the following seems to provide the intervention most similar to office-based treatment?
 
 
 
 
8: Minorities in rural areas are _________ likely to be poor than are minorities in urban areas.
 
 
9: When providing telehealth services, practitioners must be informed of significant differences in _________ licensing laws.
 
 
10: Telehealth programs can have _________ upfront costs.
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.