Mental Health Services

Document Type

Book Chapter

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MRHRC, rural, mental health, older adults

Publication Title

Handbook of Rural Aging


This chapter provides an overview of the challenges rural areas face in providing mental health services, particularly to older adults. The authors posits several service delivery models and alternatives to improve rural mental health access and quality for older adults. These models include telemedicine referral models and task-sharing models that address shortages of rural specialty care providers. The author notes that further research is needed to better understand the factors that influence the effectiveness, cost, feasibility, and sustainability of these models for rural areas.

FMI: Jean Talbot, PhD.