Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy, Maine Rural Health Research Center

Rural Children Don't Receive the Mental Health Care They Need

Abstract: 

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.

Suggested Citation:

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.

Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
January 5, 2009
URL: 
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/rural/pb39/Rural-Children-Mental-Health-Services.pdf

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