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Rural Resources

The Center for Rural Behavioral Health & Addiction Studies is committed to providing connections for our colleagues and community to the latest resources in access to treatment, policy, and scholarly interests.



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Provides a 24/7 crisis line for anyone with a mental health crisis.  Website offers educational and outreach resources that may be ordered or downloaded for broad distribution. 

suicide hotline CALL:1-800-273-8255



Downloadable National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card:



  • Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Network :The Network is recognized at the state and national level for training individuals in suicide prevention and for the role played in aftercare for those who have been impacted by suicide. The recognition came in the form of the Governor appointing Barb Smith, Executive Director, to the Michigan Suicide Prevention Commission and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services asking her to lead the suicide post-vention team across the state. Nationally, Barb has been invited to teach suicide prevention and speak at state and National conferences. The Network has been on the forefront of suicide prevention in our state setting the example for others to follow.
  • National Council for Behavioral Health: The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 3,381 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 2 million Americans have been trained.
  • NAMI:NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.



General Resources



Educational & Transformational Resources



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

  • Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center:  “The Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.” - SAMHSA
  • Addiction Technology Transfer Centers:  “The ATTCs support national and regional activities focused on preparing tools needed by practitioners to improve the quality of service delivery and to providing intensive technical assistance to provider organizations to improve their processes and practices in the delivery of effective SUD treatment and recovery services.”  - SAMHSA
  • Prevention Technology Transfer Centers:  “The PTTCs develop and disseminate tools and strategies needed to improve the quality of substance abuse prevention efforts; provide intensive technical assistance and learning resources to prevention professionals in order to improve their understanding of prevention science, how to use epidemiological data to guide prevention planning, and selection and implementation of evidence-based and promising prevention practices; and develop tools and resources to engage the next generation of prevention professionals.”  - SAMHSA
  • Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin): The ATTC Network is an international, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field.Established in 1993 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the ATTC Network is comprised of 10 U.S.-based Centers, two National Focus Area Centers, and a Network Coordinating Office. Together the Network serves the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Islands of Guam, American Samoa, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and the Mariana Islands.
  • SAMHSA Resources for Families Coping with Mental & Substance Use Disorders


HRSA: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

  • Michigan Center for Rural Health “Established in 1991, the Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) is one of only three non-profit State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) in the country. As Michigan’s SORH, MCRH plays a key role in rural health care by assisting in the creation and implementation of partnerships among organizations, health departments, hospitals, government and academia. Those collaborations and alliances go on to create new opportunities in the areas of network development, quality of care, emergency medical services, continuing education, and recruitment and retention of rural health care providers.”
  • Center for Connected Health Policy:  Provides detailed state-level information on the use of telehealth including policy, regulation, and reimbursement considerations for providers.
  • Federal Office of Rural Health Policy: The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) was created in 1987 to advise the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on health care issues impacting rural communities, including: 
    • Access to quality health care and health professionals; 
    • Viability of rural hospitals; and 
    • Effect of the Department’s proposed rules and regulations, including Medicare and Medicaid, on access to and financing of health care in rural areas.



Regional Resources

rural resources

  • Northern Michigan Opioid Response Consortium: The NMORC is a 32-member Consortium addressing the opioid epidemic in an 18 county region including Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Kalkaska, Lake, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford counties of rural northern Michigan. NMORC consists of the healthcare facilities in the targeted 18 county region, including all hospitals, hospital affiliated clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Community Mental Health agencies, and Local Public Health agencies. Addiction is a chronic re-occuring brain disease. We offer education in mental health, first aid training, syringe service programs, HIV and Hep C prevention and treatment activities.
  • Thumb Opioid Response Consortium: Thumb Opioid Response Consortium (TORC) was formed to address opioid and substance misuse in the rural communities of Michigan's Thumb Region by leveraging existing resources to improve opioid abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts.


Recruitment and Retention

  • Michigan Center for Rural Health has technical assistance and information available on the loan repayment opportunities.
    • Email MCRH Workforce Development Manager Rachel Ruddock at kulasara@msu.edufor more information.
  • The National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (3RNet)hosts a job opportunity registry with a focus on providers in rural and underserved areas. They also host the annual 3RNet Academy, a six-part webinar series focusing on issues often faced by rural providers such as retention and burnout.


  • The MI CARES(Collaborative Addiction Resources & Education System) program allows physicians to become certified in Addiction Medicine without completing an Accredited Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fellowship program in Addiction Medicine.
  • Saginaw Valley State University Project ECHOis Michigan-based ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) model program, which provides specialist SUD/OUD education and consultation to rural primary care providers. They host biweekly presentations on both an educational topic and a member-provider case. Registration and attendance are free. CMEs/CEUs are available.
  • University of Michigan Online has begun offering the course Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers. CMEs/CEUs are available for completion of the course.
  • The CME Outfitters Opioid Education Hublists several free webinars and educational activities with CMEs/CEUs available. All are asynchronous and can be completed at any time prior to each activity’s credit expiration.
  • The Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) lists training coursesfor a variety of healthcare fields including SUD/OUD treatment. The registry can be filtered for educational activities and courses which offer CMEs/CEUs. Many can be completed at any time.
  • The Great Lakes ATTC(Addiction Technology Transfer) and the wider ATTC network provide a calendar of upcoming training webinars and programs on several subjects. Many offer CMEs/CEUs. 

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Providers

For Providers Not Yet Providing MAT:  If you believe a patient would benefit from MAT but are not yet providing at your practice, there are both telemedicine and in-person MAT options for referral.

  • Workit Healthprovides entirely remote MAT through a HIPAA-compliant app. The former requirement for the first visit to be in-person has been waived, so patients can start immediately from their own home.

For Providers Interested in Beginning MAT or Currently Providing MAT:  If you are thinking about introducing MAT into your practice or would like MAT consultation, there are many organizations and experienced MAT providers willing to provide guidance.

  • Michigan Medicine’s Michigan Opioid Collaborative(MOC) provides free same-day consultation to providers offering Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for patients with Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs). Visit their website for information on how to enroll in the program.
  • Rob McMorrow at MidMichigan Community Health Services’s Substance Use Disorder and Addiction Program welcomes prospective MAT providers to contact him at rob.mcmorrow@midmichiganhs.orgfor mentoring and consultation.
  • For additional information and options for mentorship, contact NMORC’s Medical Director Dr. David McGreaham at

Peer Support Specialists


Peer Support Groups

  • Families Against Narcotics (FAN): Families Against Narcotics (FAN) is a community based program for those seeking recovery, those in recovery, family members affected by addiction and community supporters. FAN seeks to change the face of addiction, dispel the stigma of addiction, and educate the community as well as those affected by addiction.
  • Peer 360 Recovery Alliance: Peer 360 Recovery Alliance exists to serve the diverse recovery communities, their family, friends and allies offering a unified voice and a shared recovery vision. We are building bridges across the gaps between professional treatment services and successful lives in long-term recovery so that no more are lost to addiction.
  • AA: Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
  • NA: NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs
  • Al-Anon: Many who come to Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.  In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
  • Refuge Recovery:Refuge Recovery is a practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction and the suffering caused by addiction. The main inspiration and guiding philosophy for the Refuge Recovery program are the teachings of Siddhartha (Sid) Gautama, a man who lived in India twenty-five hundred years ago. Sid was a radical psychologist and a spiritual revolutionary. Through his own efforts and practices he came to understand why human beings experience and cause so much suffering. He referred to the root cause of suffering as “uncontrollable thirst or repetitive craving.” This “thirst” tends to arise in relation to pleasure, but it may also arise as a craving for unpleasant experiences to go away, or as an addiction to people, places, things, or experiences. This is the same thirst of the alcoholic, the same craving as the addict, and the same attachment as the codependent. Eventually, Sid came to understand and experience a way of living that ended all forms of suffering. He did this through a practice and process that includes meditation, wise actions, and compassion. After freeing himself from the suffering caused by craving, he spent the rest of his life teaching others how to live a life of well-being and freedom, a life free from suffering. Sid became known as the Buddha, and his teachings became known as Buddhism. The Refuge Recovery program has adapted the core teachings of the Buddha as a treatment of addiction.
  • SMART Recovery: Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®.
  • LifeRing: an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of illicit or non-medically indicated drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people. Many LifeRing members attend other kinds of meetings or recovery programs, and we honor those decisions. Some have had negative experiences in attempting to find help elsewhere, but most people soon find that LifeRing’s emphasis on the positive, practical present-day can turn anger and despair into hope and resolve. LifeRing respectfully embraces what works for each individual.
  • Women for Sobriety: Women for Sobriety (WFS) is an organization whose purpose is to help all women find their individual path to recovery through discovery of self, gained by sharing experiences, hopes and encouragement with other women in similar circumstances. We are an abstinence-based self-help program for women facing issues of alcohol or drug addiction. Our “New Life” Program acknowledges the very special needs women have in recovery – the need to nurture feelings of self-value and self-worth and the desire to discard feelings of guilt, shame, and humiliation.
  • Moderation Management: Moderation Management™ (MM) is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. We promote early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking may be an achievable goal.
  • NMSAS: ‚ÄčThe NMSAS Peer Recovery Support Services focuses on individuals seeking recovery from alcohol and drug use in the northern most counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan.  The program is available to anyone 18 years of age and older seeking support for his/her recovery.  Peer Recovery Support Services are voluntary and honor all pathways in recovery.

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