Supporting 'circuit riders' in mental health therapy to treat residents of geographically remote and under-resourced areas

The Foundation's program, Local Funding Partnerships, was designed to continue a matching grants program to establish partnerships between RWJF and local grant makers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for vulnerable populations.In the frontier area of west central Kansas where the population averages three people per square mile, distance and limited resources create barriers to obtaining mental health services. This program employs "circuit riding" therapists in two counties to help develop the mental health infrastructure and increase clinical services via telepsychiatry. They will work closely with newly established Local Advisory Councils which will help tailor each rural community's approach to promote screening, increase referrals and reduce the stigma residents may associate with behavioral health care. The initiative will also engage the growing Hispanic population.Local funders include the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $346,598.00

Awarded on: 6/22/2011

Time frame: 7/1/2011 - 6/30/2015

Grant Number: 69167


Area Mental Health Center

531 Campusview Drive
P.O. Box 477
Garden City, 67846-0477


Ric Dalke
Project Director