Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Rural Adults Face Parity Problems and Other Barriers to Appropriate Mental Health Care


Findings suggest that a multi-level approach is essential for meeting the mental health service needs of rural residents.<p></p>
Key facts:<li>
8% of rural adults say that they are in "fair" or "poor" mental health versus 6% of urban adults;
<li>Among those using mental health services, rural residents are more likely than urban residents to use medication but not therapy. Practice guidelines for quality mental health treatment recommend that medications be given in combination with therapy;
<li>Both rural and urban adults have greater cost sharing for their mental health care than for their total health care use. The percentages do not differ by residence; however, rural residents may be at greater risk of forgoing mental health care due to costs.</li>

Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
November 30, 2008

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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