Cutler Institute

New study examines telebehavioral health and Medicaid policies

Research staff in the Maine Rural Health Research Center examined associations between state Medicaid telehealth policies and telebehavioral health (TBH) use among rural fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries with behavioral health needs. Their findings suggest that in the FFS Medicaid environment, engaging patients through informed consent within provider settings that receive facility fees may facilitate access to TBH services.

For more information, contact Jean Talbot ( or Yvonne Jonk (

Talbot JA, Jonk Y, Burgess AR, Thayer D, Ziller E, Paluso N, Coburn AF. Telebehavioral Health (TBH) use among Rural Medicaid Beneficiaries: Relationships with Telehealth Policies. J Rural
Ment Health. 2020, September 17; Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/rmh0000160