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Rural Mental Health News

News stories from the past 60 days.

New HRSA Loan Repayment Program to Support Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Underserved Communities
Feb 8, 2019 - Blog post from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator George Sigounas on agency efforts to address the opioid epidemic in underserved communities. Discusses HRSA's National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (deadline February 21, 2019), as well as collaborations that help integrate behavioral and mental health into primary care, and rural-specific funding efforts related to fighting substance use disorder.
Source: Health Affairs
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A Conversation with Nick Brady and Michael Maginn
Feb 5, 2019 - Radio interview with Nick Brady, an HIV Care Connect Associate and the Trauma-Free Illinois Coordinator, and Michael Maginn, the HIV Program Manager and Prevention Lead Agent, both from the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA). Discussion includes the work of the IPHA, especially as it relates to HIV/AIDS, trauma, and the relationship between the two. They touch on programs either built for rural communities or particularly important in rural areas.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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As Wisconsin Farmers Struggle, New Effort Aims to Prevent Suicide
Jan 27, 2019 - Describes the effects of financial distress and other stressors on farmers' mental health and efforts underway in Wisconsin to provide assistance and prevent suicides.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal
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Crisis Bed Registries to Assist People with Urgent Mental Health Needs
Jan 24, 2019 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) have created a new initiative to establish or expand psychiatric crisis bed registry programs. Twenty three states are participating.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration
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Quality Improvement Interventions Improve Efficacy of Depression Screening and Follow-Up
Jan 3, 2019 - Details a new study featured in the most recent edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Researchers implemented interventions to improve the efficacy of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for depression at a rural Virginia Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with three clinic sites.
Source: The Joint Commission
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New, Revised Pain Assessment/Management Standards for Behavioral Health Care, Home Care, Nursing Care to Be Introduced
Jan 2, 2019 - Details new and revised pain assessment and management standards that will be applicable to behavioral healthcare, home care, and nursing care center programs that are accredited by The Joint Commission. Includes three newly released reports providing rationale, references, and evidence that guided these changes.
Source: The Joint Commission
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Promoting Mental Health in Rural Areas
Dec 27, 2018 - Discusses the importance of self-care to promote good mental health for farmers and ranchers and offers tips to help reduce stress.
Source: High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
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Last Updated: 2/8/2019