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.