In Brief: Rural Behavioral Health: Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This guide looks at common acceptability, availability and accessibility barriers to mental and substance use disorder (behavioral health) treatment and services in rural communities and presents ways telehealth can help surmount some of the barriers. Challenges to implementing effective telehealth services in sparsely populated areas are also discussed.