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Behavioral Health

North Dakota faces a serious lack of behavioral health services and professionals. Stigma and privacy concerns associated with mental health issues in rural areas may mean that many people do not seek out the few services available. The Center for Rural Health works to offset behavioral health disparities by:

  • Supporting rural health facilities as they work to provide behavioral health services.
  • Addressing the lack of culturally competent behavioral health professionals in tribal communities.
  • Sharing behavioral health research, data, and best practices.
  • Utilizing relevant state, tribal, and local data to guide North Dakota’s substance abuse prevention planning, programming, and evaluation.

Key Contact

Jacque Gray, PhD - Associate Director

Most Recent Publications

  • Rural Health Research RECAP: Rural Behavioral Health
    Rural behavioral health issues are compounded by a lack of access to care, workforce shortages, reimbursement issues, and high rates of un-insured or under-insurance. This resource provides a summary of the Rural Health Research Centers’ most recent research on behavioral health.
    Author(s): Tamukong, D., Schroeder, S.
    Date: November 2017
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Use of the Emergency Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse among Women
    A study by the Rural Health Reform Research Center shows that women with mental health (MH) and substance abuse (SA) issues are putting a strain on emergency departments (EDs). This study helps identify trends among women in rural and urban communities who utilize the ED for MH/SA. The information can be used to help communities provide more relevant, appropriate, and less costly care.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Peterson, M., Jaeger, J.
    Date: July 2017
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Rural and Urban Utilization of the Emergency Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse
    Utilizes data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s (HCUP’s) State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) for seven states. Researchers explore, and describe in this brief, the use of the Emergency Department for mental health and substance abuse among Urban, Large Rural, Small Rural, and Isolated Small Rural residents.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Peterson, M.
    Date: June 2017
    Type: Policy Brief
  • Mind Matters
    North Dakota is home to the unique annual Mind Matters Conference on brain injury that brings together both healthcare professionals and patients.
    Author(s): Massmann, N.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 41(2), 20-21
    Date: July 2016
    Type: Magazine
  • Assessment of Anxiety Among Northern Plains Indians
    Article examines the reliability and validity of the Beck Anxiety Inventory by comparing scores among three different diagnostic categories.
    Author(s): Gray, J., McCullagh, J., Petros, T.
    Publication: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
    Date: November 2015
    Type: Journal Article

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