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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

  • Saving Lives: North Dakota’s Peer Support Specialist Naloxone Training Program Makes an Impact
    Peer support specialists are trained to use their experiences in recovery to help others.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 43(3), 14-15
    Date: September 2018
    Type: Magazine
  • Impact and Likelihood of Behavioral Health Workforce Interventions
    This report presents the results of a survey assessing the impact and likelihood of several behavioral health workforce interventions proposed for North Dakota.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Vanderzanden, K.
    Date: April 2018
    Type: Report
  • Unmasking Brain Injury
    The results of brain injuries often can't be seen. Survivors, however, are finding their voices through the Unmasking Brain Injury project launched by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 43(1), 6-7
    Date: March 2018
    Type: Magazine
  • Rural Health Research RECAP: Opioid Use and Treatment Availability
    Examines opioid use in rural communities as well as the perceived need for and use of treatment for opioid use disorder.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S.
    Date: January 2018
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • 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 uninsured or underinsurance. 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

Most Recent Presentations