Rural Tele-Behavioral Health

Event Details
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
2:00pm to 3:00pm CST
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

This telehealth webinar was the fifth in a six-part series focused on rural telehealth topics to build state Flex Program knowledge and understanding of telehealth and the rural application. It shared examples of rural models and provide access to educational information and resources that can be disseminated to rural providers. This event was coordinated by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center, and supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP).


  • Jonathan Neufeld, Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (gpTRAC)
  • Robert Stiles, University of Kansas Medical Center

Following the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define what tele-behavioral health consists of and how it is different from tele-mental health.
  • State what a tele-behavioral health visit looks like for a patient.
  • Recall data and evidence related to the effectiveness of tele-behavioral health.
  • Identify the opportunities and challenges of implementing and sustaining tele-behavioral health for rural health providers.
  • Describe how COVID is affecting and may affect tele-behavioral health as a service line.
  • Summarize examples of how Flex Programs can support tele-behavioral health initiatives.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.