100775: Integrating Behavioral Health Services Within a Primary Care Center in a Rural Setting

About the Course:

The Rural Care Program is a pilot program that has been developed to integrate generalist social work practice into a primary care center. The premise of the program is to provide a holistic model of health care, with licensed masters-level social workers providing behavioral health therapeutic interventions in addition to case management, community development and information and referral. This article describes the development and implementation process of the program, emphasizing the effectiveness of rural generalist practice in enhancing service delivery in the rural environment. This program is the result of a successful collaborative effort among the masters in social work program at California University of Pennsylvania, the Primary Care Center of Mt. Morris, the Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing and the Staunton Farm Foundation, a family foundation providing support for non-profits addressing the behavioral health needs within a ten-county region of southwestern Pennsylvania. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Rural Care Program Concept Development II. Literature Review III. Target Population and Identified Needs IV. Program Development and Implementation V. Conclusion


Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2005/ Vol. 86, No. 1


Dana Bauer, MSW, LSW; Richelle R. Baston, MSW, LSW; Wilburn Hayden, Jr., PhD, AVSW, CMSW; Mona M. Counts, PhD, CRNPP, FAANP

About the Authors:

Vice President of Community Investments United Way of Westmoreland County PA

Rural Care Program Director Primary Care Center of Mt. Morris, PA

Professor, California University of Pennsylvania

Professor and Clinical Director Pennsylvania State University

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about intergrating behaviorial health services. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. describe the rationale for integrating behavioral health services within a primary care center in a rural setting.

  2. describe the development and implementation of the Rural Care Program and the challenges encountered.

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