Effects of Scope of Service and Reimbursement on Access to Mental Health Services in Rural Areas
We will document which services are included in the scope of practice for each of the five core mental health professions in all states with substantial rural populations. For a subset of these states, we will document the geographic distribution of each of the five core mental health professions and determine which services Medicaid, Medicare and selected commercial insurers will reimburse for each.
State Licensure Laws and the Mental Health Professions: Implications for the Rural Mental Health Workforce
Maine Rural Health Research Center
This paper investigates whether and the extent to which licensure laws that determine the permissible scope of practice for each of these professions may affect the availability of mental health services, particularly in rural communities.