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


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

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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