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Rural Mental Health – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Mental Health.

Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) 2022 Resource Guide
Highlights information pertaining to the behavioral health equity for children and adolescents, American Indian and Alaska Native, and LGBTQ+ populations. Discusses workforce issues and trauma-informed care. Features resource papers, presentations, websites, toolkits, and pamphlets.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
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Examining the Association Between Rurality and Positive Childhood Experiences Among a National Sample
Explores the relationship between rurality and positive childhood experiences (PCEs). Compares rates of PCEs, such as nurturing and supportive relationships, safe and stable environments, and constructive social engagement, among others, in rural and urban communities.
Author(s): Elizabeth Crouch, Janice C. Probst, Sylvia Shi, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
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Adaptations and Innovations for Delivering Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines disruptions and adaptations in delivering mental health and substance use treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including benefits and challenges of telehealth adoption. Discusses changes to substance use disorder (SUD) and medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment during the pandemic and remaining challenges related to access to remote services.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Behavioral Health Equity for All Communities: Policy Solutions to Advance Equity Across the Crisis Continuum
Identifies overarching strategies to enhance cultural responsiveness and promote equity in behavioral health services across the crisis continuum of care. Discusses how inadequate access to high-quality and culturally responsive behavioral health care has a direct effect on both the frequency and the outcomes of behavioral health emergencies. Describes levers states can use to advance culturally responsive care, including how rural partnerships can ensure that equity strategies will serve the community effectively.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Achieving Health Equity in US Suicides: A Narrative Review and Commentary
Discusses suicide mortality disparities by different demographics, such as age, race, veteran status, and rurality, among others. Tracks suicide rates from 1999-2019 and highlights rates by specific demographic group.
Author(s): Seth W. Perry, Jacob C. Rainey, Stephen Allison, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 1360
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Community Partnerships: Advancing Behavioral Health Access in Rural Communities
Profiles Eagle Valley Behavioral Health (EVBH), a nonprofit and community mental health center (CMHC) developed to lead community collaboration working to ensure access to high-quality behavioral healthcare in Eagle County, Colorado. Discusses EVBH's collaboration with Building Hope Summit County, a community-wide initiative in a neighboring county focused on suicide prevention efforts. Describes how these initiatives were able to shape local policy, expand the local behavioral health workforce, fund their efforts, and identify and fill gaps in care.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Development and Evaluation of a Remote Training Strategy for the Implementation of Mental Health Evidence-based Practices in Rural Schools: Pilot Study Protocol
Presents findings from the development and evaluation of multi-tier positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in rural and remote schools. Examines online training efficacy to assist rural schools in implementing PBIS via remote videoing and remote videoing plus coaching. Discusses need and strategies for training mental health professionals in rural areas to address health disparities.
Author(s): Ricardo Eiraldi, Barry L. McCurdy, Muniya S. Khanna, et al.
Citation: Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 8,128
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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Increased Rates of Suicide Ideation and Attempts in Rural Dwellers Following the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic
Examines the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on rates of suicide ideation and attempts. Compares rates of suicide ideation and attempts in the first 6 months of the pandemic with the same months of the preceding year. Breaks down data by patient demographics, such as race, age, and rurality, among other measures.
Author(s): Elizabeth Salt, Amanda T. Wiggins, Julie Cerel, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration in Rural Health Facilities: Policy Brief and Recommendations to the Secretary
Provides an overview of the prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders in rural areas. Discusses the role of rural primary care providers in treating these conditions. Outlines federal programs and resources to support behavioral health and primary care integration. Offers policy recommendations related to access to care; workforce recruitment and retention; telehealth, technology, and broadband; and reimbursement and sustainable revenue.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Anxiety, Depression, and Access to Mental Health Care by Sexual Orientation and Rurality
Presents a study on rates of anxiety and depression by sexual orientation in relation to access to mental healthcare. Compares rates of anxiety and depression between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual individuals in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Courtney Sarkin, Mariana Tuttle, Gilbert Gonzales
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Last Updated: 10/6/2022