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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health

Assessment of the Mental Health Funding Marketplace in Rural vs. Urban Settings
Reports on the source of payment for mental health treatment for urban and rural residents. Source of payment is identified as private insurance, public insurance, or self-pay. Seeks to understand rural payer mix and inform future policies and finance-based interventions with the hope of reducing rural/urban mental healthcare disparities.
Additional links: Findings Brief: Assessment of the Mental Health Funding Marketplace in Urban vs. Rural Settings for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Summary Report: Assessment of the Mental Health Funding Marketplace in Urban vs. Rural Settings
Author(s): Jeffrey S. Harman, Fran Dong, Stan Xu, Nathan Ewigman, John C. Fortney
Date: 02/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Viral Hepatitis and Injection Drug Use in Appalachian Kentucky: A Survey of Rural Health Department Clients
Analysis of demographic, socioeconomic, and behavioral data from patients screened for hepatitis B and hepatitis C at four health departments in rural Kentucky in 2006-2007. Includes statistical breakdowns by sex, age group, education, employment, marital status, government assistance, insurance, and various risk factors linked to drug use and sexual activity.
Author(s): W. Jay Christian, Claudia Hopenhayn, Amy Christian, Deana McIntosh, Alvaro Koch
Citation: Public Health Reports, 125(1)
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
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Assessing Health Status, Behavioral Risks, and Health Disparities in American Indians Living on the Northern Plains of the U.S.
Presents health-related data from participants in four rural reservation communities and provides comparisons with a North Dakota statewide sample and a U.S national sample. Includes breakdowns by sex, age group, marital status, education, employment status, income, behavioral risks, preventive screenings, and medical conditions.
Author(s): Jeffrey E. Holm, Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm, Dmitri Poltavski, Leander McDonald
Citation: Public Health Reports, 125(1)
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Training and Workforce Development
Summarizes innovative programs occurring in rural areas, featuring a recruitment and retention network and other models focusing on workforce education and training for behavioral and mental health, transportation, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and chronic disease management.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Suicide and Alcohol: Do Outlets Play a Role?
Results of a study to determine whether the number of alcohol outlets in local and adjacent areas, including rural areas, was related over time to suicide and suicide attempts.
Author(s): Fred W. Johnson, Paul J. Gruenewald, Lillian G. Remer
Citation: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33(12), 2124-2133
Date: 12/2009
Type: Document
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Availability, Characteristics, and Role of Detoxification Services in Rural Areas
Reports on rural detoxification (detox) providers, including their characteristics, access issues, and geographic distribution. Based on data from a national inventory of facilities providing substance abuse treatment services.
Additional links: Policy Brief: Few and Far Away: Detoxification Services in Rural Areas
Author(s): Jennifer D. Lenardson, Melanie M. Race, John A. Gale
Date: 12/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Rural-Urban Differences in Depression Care
Assesses the association between rurality and depression care. Compares the use of depression treatment, treatment type (pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy), and quality of care for rural and urban areas among individuals reporting depression.
Author(s): John C. Fortney, Jeffrey S. Harman, Stanley Xu, Fran Dong
Date: 10/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Differences in Prescribing Patterns of Psychotropic Medication for Children and Adolescents between Rural and Urban Prescribers
Examines changes in psychotropic drug prescriptions to rural and urban youth over time. Includes data for type of medication, prescriber (psychiatrist, generalist, other), and top prescribed drugs for Caucasians and minorities.
Author(s): Scott J. Adams, Stan Xu, Fran Dong
Date: 10/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Distance Education Training in Behavioral Health: A Rural Primary Care Needs Assessment and Pilot Webcast
Examines the interest of rural primary care providers (PCPs) in learning about mental health issues, particularly through online distance education. Documents the most pressing self-identified behavioral health training needs in rural areas and reports on the effectiveness of providing tailored online training opportunities.
Author(s): Mimi McFaul, Dennis Mohatt, Jim Ciarlo, John M. Westfall
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Addressing Suicide Potential and Prevention in Rural and Frontier Areas: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers
Provides an overview of suicide in rural areas and discusses the role of primary care providers in suicide prevention. Focuses on identifying high risk rural counties and equipping rural primary providers to care for suicidal patients. Includes suicide risk data for five states based on rurality.
Author(s): Mimi McFaul, Jim Ciarlo, Jean Demmler, Christa Smith, Tamara DeHay
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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