Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Rural Inpatient Psychiatric Units Improve Access to Community-Based Mental Health Services, but Medicare Payment Policy a Barrier


<li>Of approximately 1500 small rural hospitals (less than 50 beds), 80 or about
five percent have an inpatient psychiatric unit. <li>Ninety-five percent of rural hospitals with IPUs have outpatient mental health services available locally compared with 57% in a previous survey of rural hospitals. <li>Mental health practitioners who staff rural IPUs often provide outpatient services in the local community, splitting their time between
staffing the hospital unit and their community practice. <li>Prospective payment for inpatient psychiatric facilities is cited as a major factor in recent closures of several rural IPUs.

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December 26, 2007

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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