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Access to Mental Health Services in Rural Pennsylvania

January 24, 2022  | Health Care and Human Services

This research assessed the demand for mental health services in rural Pennsylvania with a focus on youth and the elderly. It identified challenges these populations face in accessing mental health care to provide options for improving and expanding mental health care services for underserved rural Pennsylvanians.

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Tags:  mental health


Recruitment and Retention Issues for Counselors in Rural Pennsylvania Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

October 11, 2021  | Health Care and Human Services

Recruiting high-quality counselors is a major problem for rural substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs. Treatment program directors linked recruitment problems to low salaries, the rural location of the treatment facility, and the lack of adequate training in the SUD field. Emotional exhaustion was the strongest predictor of intent to quit. Low job satisfaction, poor management communication, and a high percentage of clients on medication-assisted treatment were also related to the intent to quit. 

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Tags:  substance abuse , mental health

Suicide Trends and Prevention in Rural Pennsylvania Counties and Schools

June 19, 2021  | Health Care and Human Services

This study examined the overall trends in suicide across Pennsylvania from 1990 to 2018, the suicide prevention programs currently used by counties, and the programs that are used in K - 12 school districts. Suicide rates have been increasing over the last decade. In 2018, the suicide rate in rural counties was 25 percent higher than in urban counties. Higher numbers of handgun sales, lower levels of education, lower incomes, larger populations over age 65, and higher unemployment correlate with higher rural suicide rates. 

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Tags:  mental health , suicide

Introducing the Center's new journal, Rural Policy: The Research Bulletin of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.