Key Findings: Approximately 6% of independent and 2% of provider-based RHCs offer mental health services. 38% of study RHCs reported their mental health services were not profitable but continued to provide them in response to community and patient needs. An important factor in the development of RHC mental health services is the presence of a local "champion" who spearheads the development effort.
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gale, J., Loux, S., Shaw, B., & Hartley, D. (2010). Encouraging rural health clinics to provide mental health services: What are the options? (Research & Policy Brief). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center.