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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

  • 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 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

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