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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center Supplemental Research Bulletin

Challenges and Solutions for Disaster Behavioral Health in Rural and Remote Communities

About the Course

This publication focuses on challenges and potential solutions for delivering behavioral health care for disaster response in rural and remote areas. To Investigate this topic, the authors conducted an initial exploratory query for literature related to behavioral health in rural and remote areas. While the scope of this review included more than just opioid use disorder (OUD), and/or substance use disorder (SUD), much of the literature dealt with these concerns because they clearly demonstrate how economic and social stressors, lack of healthcare services and associated healthcare infrastructure, and the physical challenges of providing care to a population distributed over a wide geographic area all contributed to a behavioral health crisis. Among those conclusions cited in this publication was the critical importance of a thorough understanding of the community itself, and its own unique challenges when developing an appropriate behavioral health disaster response.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center Supplemental Research Bulletin created by SAMHSA in 2024.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Cen

Course Material Author

SAMHSA

SAMHSA authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

David M. Lutkemeier

David Lutkemeier holds a BA degree in psychology, a master’s degree in developmental psychology, and a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati in Special Education and Psychology. He is certified as a psychologist by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, as well as holding public school superintendent certification in Arizona and California. Dr. Lutkemeier has worked as an assistant professor at Arizona State University, a school psychologist, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in both Arizona and California. David, working as a consultant with a national curriculum management group (CMSi) has completed over two dozen comprehensive district-wide curriculum audits in 15 states over the past 20 years and has worked as a test developer for CE Learning Systems for the past ten years.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and social workers with a particular emphasis on those professionals providing disaster behavioral health in rural and remote communities.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the current state of dissemination and implementation science regarding substance use disorder interventions in rural and remote communities as presented in the current article.
  2. Identify and describe best practice substance abuse disorder approaches as implemented in these settings.
  3. Recognize and appropriately respond to differences between urban and rural behavioral health needs in line with the characteristics of the specific community or communities.

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

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Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103448
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