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Rural Mental Health – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Mental Health.

Benefits of a Telehealth Approach to Treating Mental Illness among Veterans in Rural Settings
Details a study on the VA's use of telemedicine to provide mental healthcare to rural veterans. Focuses on underserved veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially women with military sexual trauma (MST). Includes feedback from veterans on their experience with tele-mental health treatment.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Children in the Fields: The Struggles You Should Know
Report examining the challenges and inequities affecting migrant farmworker children based on interviews with 37 children from the West, East, and Mid-Central regions. Addresses health struggles including bodily pain and injury, heat stress, COVID-19, pesticide exposure, and mental health. Also covers education and financial struggles and human trafficking vulnerabilities.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, Children in the Fields Campaign
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Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years — United States, 2015–2019
Provides data on suicidal thoughts, suicide plans, and suicide attempts among adults 18 years and older. Also reports on the number and percentage who attempted suicide requiring medical attention or hospitalization. Includes data for large metropolitan, small metropolitan, and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Asha Z. Ivey-Stephenson, Alex E. Crosby, Jennifer M. Hoenig, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 71(1), 1-19
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health
Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan mental health HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan mental health HPSAs on another. Data source: data.HRSA.gov
Date: 01/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Depression and Integrated Care
Webinar recording discusses access to treatment for depression via integrated care. Highlights best practices for overcoming barriers to depression treatment, particularly in rural areas.
Additional links: Video Recording, Webinar Slides
Date: 12/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Peer-Based Recovery Support Services Delivered at Recovery Community Organizations
Discusses the efficacy of peer-based recovery support programs in rural communities. Features a study on peer-based recovery support services are used in conjunction with clinical treatment for substance use disorder.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction
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Technical Assistance Helps Community #SilencetheShameTN
Features behavioral and mental health programming offered by Henry County Medical Center and the community of Paris, Tennessee. Describes technical assistance and resources provided by the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development program to support this effort.
Author(s): Tami Lichtenberg
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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MACPAC Response to Senate Finance Committee Request for Information on Behavioral Health
Summarizes the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission's (MACPAC) ongoing analysis of behavioral health in Medicaid and CHIP and offers policy recommendations. Discusses the behavioral health workforce; behavioral healthcare service delivery and access; mental health parity; telehealth; and improving access for children and youth. Includes rural references and considerations throughout.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Medicare Payment Basics: Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Services Payment System
Overview of Medicare's payment system for services provided in freestanding hospitals or specialized hospital-based units. Demonstrates how payments for these services are adjusted to reflect geographic differences in labor costs, and cost of care by facility and patient characteristics.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Addressing Rural Co-Morbidities of Mental Health and Social Conditions
Three-part webinar series discusses the way mental and social co-morbidities can compound already existing barriers to mental healthcare in rural areas. Part One: Employing Treatment and Environmental Interventions to Support Rural Populations explores how rural areas shape mental health needs and interventions. Part Two: Supporting Rural Aging Populations addresses the social and mental health needs of rural elders. Part Three: Using Faith Supports to Increase Mental Health in Rural Communities details the role communities and leaders of faith can play in supporting mental health interventions.
Additional links: Part 1 Slides, Part 1 Video Recording, Part 2 Slides, Part 2 Video Recording, Part 3 Slides, Part 3 Video Recording
Author(s): Ken Flanagan
Date: 10/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Last Updated: 1/13/2022