- 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.
Lambert D, Ziller EC, Lenardson JD. 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; January 2009.