This paper describes a program of rural satellite psychiatric clinics
that has evolved within a Veterans Affairs medical center over the past
three decades. The eight clinics are staffed by a single team that includes
a psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse, and two mental health technicians. The
team travels to the eight sites at least once each month. The program has
achieved its goal of providing outpatient screening, diagnosis, and
treatment services to veterans who would otherwise have no access to
specialty psychiatric care due to distance and transportation problems.