Rural, children, mental health, health care access, MRHRC
Key Findings: Just over one-third of all children with a mental health problem received a mental health visit in the past year; Controlling for other characteristics that affect access to care, rural children are 20% less likely to have a mental health visit than urban children; Having Medicaid or SCHIP increases the likelihood that a child will receive services, and this is pronounced in rural areas.
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS
Lambert, D., Ziller, E. C., & Lenardson, J. D. (2009). Rural children don't receive the mental health care they need. (Research & Policy Brief). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center.