Mobile health for mental health

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

  • This strategy can help residents access health services. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.

Program basics

  • Uses text messaging and mobile device applications to deliver health care services
  • Supports individuals with mental health concerns
  • Interventions include education information, automated reminders, and supportive messages

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)

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Strong (second-highest tier)

Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps


Target population

Community-wide

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Improved mental health, particularly short-term anxiety and depression-related outcomes

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Ensure that any mobile health application ensures data privacy and safety for patients.
  • Early stages of implementation should include government, medical, and application developers to streamline data sharing between apps and local health information systems and facilitate greater use by end users.
  • Barriers to recruitment are patients’ fear of technology failure, difficulty in adapting to and using the technology, dependence on professional supervision, and lack of personalized care.

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