WHAT IS C4 – RURAL?

C4-Rural is a new collaborative healthcare network formed in Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties in the state of Illinois with the purpose of bringing together primary care providers, mental health providers, and complementary care providers in order to develop integrative care strategies that bridge gaps in rural mental health in new and innovative ways. C4-Rural will achieve efficiencies as well as expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of behavioral healthcare services. Collaborative mental health care is an evidence-based, research-driven paradigm that acknowledges the legitimacy of both conventional and select complementary treatments and recommends specific treatment combinations supported by research findings. Incorporating conventional and complementary therapies into existing care will directly expand the type of currently available treatments, improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and buy-in, and reduce costs. The development of the C4-Rural Network is generously funded by the federal Health Resources and Service Administration, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

THE NEED:

Bureau, Marshall and Putnam county residents exhibit abnormally high mental illness, suicide, and disability due to mental illness or substance abuse, and these areas are federally-designated health professional shortage areas in primary care and mental health. Current models of mental health care and treatment options fall short of adequately addressing the need. “Mental health” and “wellness” have been prioritized on county-wide health assessments for more than a decade, and no sustainable solution has come forth. C4-Rural will bring providers around the same table, so partners can – TOGETHER – develop patient-centered treatment plans that incorporate all available options. C4-Rural is where complementary meets conventional care, and strategies focus on the whole person, emphasizing wellness and lifestyle while addressing the range of complex biological, social-emotional, psychological, cultural, and spiritual/religious factors that are determinants of mental health. This is particularly important in rural areas, where stigma is high, specializations in mental health professions are scarce, and travel distances to services are heightened.

MEET OUR NETWORK PARTNERS

PERRY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

REPRESENTATIVE: ANGELA HUGHES, LCPC, MAPC

 

Perry Memorial Hospital

 

 

GATEWAY  & OPEN DOORS COUNSELING

REPRESENTATIVE: ASHLEY HOLCMAN, LCPC

 

 

 

ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH

REPRESENTATIVE: LISA CLINTON, RN,BSN 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHCENTRAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

REPRESENTATIVE: DAWN CONERTON 

 

 

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

 
Sarah B. Scruggs, PhD

Sarah B. Scruggs, PhD

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Jennifer Alter, CPA

Jennifer Alter, CPA

FISCAL MANAGER

DIANA RAWLINGS, MPH

DIANA RAWLINGS, MPH

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Stephanie N. Gustafson

Stephanie N. Gustafson

PROJECT MANAGER

Sara N. Scruggs, LCSW

Sara N. Scruggs, LCSW

CLINICAL COORDINATOR

SENIOR ADVISORY TEAM

PATRICIA SCHOU

PATRICIA SCHOU

IL CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL NETWORK, SENIOR ADVISOR

PEIPEI PING, PHD

PEIPEI PING, PHD

UCLA DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE & BIOINFORMATICS, SENIOR ADVISOR

HELEN LAVRETSKY, MD

HELEN LAVRETSKY, MD

UCLA DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY & NEUROSCIENCE, SENIOR ADVISOR

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This effort is a part of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program, generously funded and supported by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), Federal office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Community-Based Division (CBD), Award No. P10RH33037