Mental Health Care in Rural Settings

Mental Health Care in Rural Settings Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rural populations face multiple challenges that contribute to disparities in mental health care. Barriers to accessing high-quality care in rural settings include shortages of mental health professionals, limited or lack of inpatient and emergency psychiatric services, and the need to travel long distances to receive care.

This issue’s featured Innovations describe two programs that used telemedicine to increase access to mental health services for individuals in rural areas and one program that used a multifaceted approach to improve diagnosis and treatment of depression among older adults in rural primary care settings.

The featured QualityTools include a guide to improving rural behavioral health programs; a toolkit to assist rural primary care providers in suicide prevention; and a guide for developing, implementing, and sustaining a telemental health program.

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