Rural & Northern Telehealth Service (RNTS)
The Rural and Northern Telehealth Service (RNTS) provides mental health services via telehealth to targeted First Nations communities in northern Manitoba and was developed in response to recommendations that were outlined in the Reclaiming Hope: Manitoba’s Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.
The service works with partnerships formed with First Nations communities, stakeholders as well as branches of government such as the departments of Health, Family Services and the First Nations Inuit Health Branch.
The service works with children & adolescents between the ages of 5 to 18 years who are experiencing emotional difficulties.
The Rural and Northern Telehealth Service accepts direct referrals via phone or fax from identified community professionals. These may include: nursing station staff, guidance counsellors, child welfare workers, National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP), building healthy community workers and suicide prevention coordinators etc.
Referral forms are available in nursing stations or by calling the toll free number at 1-855-413-7855.
Mental Health Clinicians and where appropriate Psychiatrists provide consultation, assessment and treatment services to clients within targeted First Nations communities. The majority of service delivery is via telehealth.