This project will develop and implement a three-component technical assistance (TA) approach for rural communities targeting substance misuse and mental health disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery in HHS Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia) It involves a collaboration among the Extension systems of all 5 states in the region.
The TA components include:
- A set of 10 web-based modules, called Tier 1, which are focused on foundational skills and concepts in intervention and implementation science.
- A series of monthly live webinars focused on needs of vulnerable, under-represented and underserved populations, developed jointly by Extension experts in the 5 states.
- A widespread dissemination of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to individuals in rural communities, with the goal of reaching 100 stakeholders per state per year
In two years, across the three types of TA activities, we expect to reach at least 2,000 rural stakeholders across HHS Region 3.