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Resources by Topic: Mental health

Rural Arizona Connects: Linking Rural Health to Rural Veterans
A partnership of the Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH) and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) to address the health and social needs of veterans and their families in rural Arizona. Focuses on suicide prevention among veterans by providing a support line, community training for providers, and community-based navigators to help coordinate available services.
Date: 2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Access to Autism Spectrum Disorder Services for Rural Appalachian Citizens
Summarizes the challenges of accessibility and affordability faced by residents of rural southwest Virginia as they seek services for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Highlights the effects of extreme poverty and the need for cultural sensitivity among service providers. Offers suggestions for policymakers and features demographic statistics on caregivers and providers.
Author(s): Angela Scarpa, Laura S. Jensen, Denis Gracanin, Sharon L. Ramey, Angela V. Dahiya
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 2(1), 25-40
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 2019 Annual Report
Highlights the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' major accomplishments during 2019. Discusses the federal response to the opioid crisis, Indian Health Service healthcare quality efforts, value-based healthcare models, and strategies to improve healthcare in rural and underserved communities.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Impact of Emotional Distress on Prescription Opioid Abuse in a Rural Juvenile Drug Court Sample
Assesses the relationship between emotional distress and opioid misuse among juvenile drug court participants in a rural Ohio county. Includes information on sociodemographic factors, such as race/ethnicity, age, and gender, as well as trends in Emotional Problem Scale (EPS) scores across time for both prescription opioid misusers and nonusers.
Author(s): Ross Kauffman, Keith Durkin
Citation: Ohio Journal of Public Health, 2(2), 37-43
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Suicide among American Indian Youth in New Mexico 2017
Data from the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey on suicide behaviors among American Indian (AI) youth in rural and urban New Mexico for use as a tool to measure health risk behaviors and resiliency factors among high school and middle school students in the state.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
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Responding to Crisis: Farmer Mental Health Programs in the Extension North Central Region
Provides an overview of programs and resources to address the mental health needs of farmers and farm families in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Discusses outreach efforts in the region and best practices in developing materials.
Author(s): Shoshanah Inwood, Florence Becot, Andrea Bjornestad, Carrie Henning-Smith, Andrew Alberth
Citation: Journal of Extension, 57(6)
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Introducing the Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit
Webinar recording discusses the Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit developed by NORC Walsh Center for Rural National Center for Health Statistics. Provides an overview of the toolkit and highlights evidence-based models for preventing suicide in rural communities.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 12/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Behavioral Health in Rural America: Challenges and Opportunities
Examines the prevalence of behavioral health disorders in rural populations with an emphasis on high-risk populations. Discusses access to behavioral health services in rural areas, and the barriers associated with the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Highlights programs and policy strategies known to demonstrate improvements in behavioral health systems, and offers policy recommendations for change supporting improved outcomes in rural populations.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): John Gale, Jaclyn Janis, Andrew Coburn, Hanna Rochford
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Partial Psychiatric Hospitalization Program Availability in Non-Metropolitan and Metropolitan Hospitals Nationally
Describes the purpose of partial psychiatric hospitalization programs (PPHPs), and compares 2016 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey of Hospitals data on the availability and the characteristics of PPHPs among non-metropolitan and metropolitan hospitals in the U.S.
Author(s): Timothy Williams, Tyrone F. Borders, Lindsey Jasinski
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Veterans Health Care: Services for Substance Use Disorders, and Efforts to Address Access Issues in Rural Areas
Identifies and compares the differences in the number of veterans, and the expenditures for veterans receiving substance use disorder (SUD) services, and specialty SUD services in rural and urban areas. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) policies were reviewed, interviews were conducted with agency officials, and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data from 2014 to 2018 was analyzed to develop the report.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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