Each year, the National Association for Rural Mental Health hosts a one-of-a-kind conference focusing on rural and frontier mental health practice, social services, research, and public policy issues. The NARMH Annual conference brings together rural clinicians, administrators, consumers, researchers, and policy-makers. Participants’ learn about national issues and trends; develop new knowledge and skills; hear perspectives from rural consumers and advocates; and are provided with updates on the latest in research, practice and policy; socialize and HAVE FUN!

Click HERE to find out more info on the 2019 NARMH Annual Conference and to REGISTER for the conference.

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Click HERE to Submit a proposal to present at the 2019 NARMH Annual Conference. The agenda is filled but you can be placed on the wait list if any openings occur.


Vision Statement

The National Association for Rural Mental Health seeks to promote the linkage of the diverse voices of rural mental health, through its activities as a membership organization. As a national organization, NARMH provides a forum for rural mental health professionals, advocates, and consumers to identify issues and problems, share innovative solutions and model programs, and speak with a shared voice on issues of rural mental health concern.

As an organization with a historical heritage of education, NARMH’s sponsorship of an annual conference, regional workshops, and publication of written information is focused upon increasing the body of knowledge related to rural mental health. NARMH’s educational efforts will continue to link the myriad of rural issues and experience into a connected fabric of understanding.

NARMH shall provide a common voice for rural mental health within national and state public policy arenas. Through the information sharing with other organizations, government agencies, federal and state leaders, and others, NARMH will seek to ensure rural America is taken into account in the formation of private and public mental healthcare policy.

Mission Statement

"Linking Voices to Promote Rural Mental Health."

NARMH carries out this mission through electronic and print communication, an annual national conference, participation in national policy making, and special projects.

Board of Directors


Jennifer (Roseman) Christman (19)

VetAdvisor Services, Three Wire Systems
Ebensburg, PA
814-846-4664 (office)


David Weden, MBA (19)

Integral Care
Austin, TX
512-440-4001 (office)

Immediate Past President

Paul Force-Emery Mackie, Ph.D., LISW (18)

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN
507-389-6335 (office)

Membership Chair

Virginia Shaw, Ph.D. (20)

Board of Mental Health America of Hawaii - Maui Couty Branch
Kahului, HI


Tammy A. Barnes (19)

American Psychological Association
Washington, DC
202-336-5987 (office)


Lori Irvine, MA, LCSW (19)

North Central Missouri Mental Health Center
Trenton, MO
660-359-4487 (office)

Roddy Atkins (18)

Helen Farabee Centers
Witchita Falls, TX
940-397-3101 (office)

Nick Brotzel, MA, MPA (20)

Behavioral Health Assoc. of Nebraska
Univ. of Nebraska Med Center (UNMC) Omaha, NE
402-552-7694 (office)

Jessica Black, MSW, Ph.D. (18)

University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK

David Lambert (18)

Cape Elizabeth, ME

Kevin Martone (20)

Technical Assistance Collaborative
Boston, MA

Mark Mitchell, Ph.D. (20)

Principal, Marcon Consulting, LLC
Kaneohe, HI

Jerry Parker, MA (20)

The Wood Group
Wichita Falls, TX
940-767-0463 (office)

Rick Peterson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE (18)

Texas A & M University
College Station, TX
979- 845-1877 (office)

Helene Silverblatt, M.D. (18)

University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Corrales, NM
505-321-6106 (office)

Nancy Speck, Ph.D. (18)

Nacogdoches, TX

Emeritus Board Members

Charlie Griffin, MS, (17)

Kansas State University
Programs for Workplace Solutions
Manhattan, KS
785-532-2025 (office)

Dennis Mohatt, MA

Boulder, CO
303-541-0256 (office)





Executive Director

Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D.

Senior Executive Administrative Assistant

Neche Nelson

National Association for Rural Mental Health
660 North Capital Street Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001
202-942-4276 (office)
202-737-0480 (fax)