Healthcare for Rural Veterans

HRSA posted an opportunity notice at on November 14, 2018 for states to apply for funding under the “Rural Veterans Health Access Program” (RVHAP). The purpose for this cooperative agreement is to provide funding to states with Critical Access Hospitals to work with providers and other partners to improve access to needed healthcare services and to continue to coordinate care for veterans living in rural areas.

Proposed projects should:

  • Increase care coordination for veterans seeking care at the VA system and from other community providers, including through the VA Community Care program
  • Increase access to mental health services, substance use disorder services, and other healthcare services if necessary to meet the needs of veterans in rural communities
  • Increase access to crisis intervention services and the detection of PTSD, TBI, and other injuries for veterans in rural areas and then refer these veterans to medical facilities operated by the VA


Solutions can include education, resource development, regional approaches, developing networks, and providing and using health information technology along with telehealth and telemedicine.

Funding per year will be $300,000 with total funding available to be $900,000. The application deadline is February 123, 2019 with a Letter of Intent which is not required but is due November 30, 2018.

Go to for the link to the full announcement. For more information email Olusola Dada at

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