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What's New | December 04, 2013

Mental Health Care in Rural Settings Mental Health Care in Rural Settings
Rural populations face multiple challenges that contribute to disparities in mental health care. Barriers to accessing high-quality care in rural settings include shortages of mental health professionals, limited or lack of inpatient and emergency psychiatric services, and the need to travel long distances to receive care.

This issue’s featured Innovations describe two programs that used telemedicine to increase access to mental health services for individuals in rural areas and one program that used a multifaceted approach to improve diagnosis and treatment of depression among older adults in rural primary care settings.

The featured QualityTools include a guide to improving rural behavioral health programs; a toolkit to assist rural primary care providers in suicide prevention; and a guide for developing, implementing, and sustaining a telemental health program.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices
Developed by Health Resources and Services Administration

 Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care
Developed by Suicide Prevention Resource Center; Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education

 Telemental Health Guide
Developed by University of Colorado Denver

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 Flu Assessment Guidelines for Parents
Developed by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

 Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol
Developed by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Hospital Corporation of America; University of California Irvine

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