Mental Health Encounters in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms: A National Survey

Research center:
Lead researcher:
Project completed:
March 2005
This project will survey Emergency Room (ER) managers in a nationally representative sample of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to determine the proportion of ER encounters involving mental health pathology, types of mental health problems most commonly seen in these encounters, and resources available to CAHs to address the problems encountered. Project staff will also investigate whether the presence of the other two safety net provider types in the community (primary care and mental health), the rurality of the community (as indicated by RUCA classification), or the presence of another hospital in the county affect the volume or types of mental health problems encountered.