This study examined changes in the delivery of mental
health services by Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), their
operational characteristics, barriers to the development
of services, and policy options to encourage more RHCs to
deliver mental health services.
- Approximately 6% of independent and 2% of
provider-based RHCs offer mental health services.
- 38% of study RHCs reported their mental health
services were not profitable but continued to provide
them in response to community and patient needs.
- An important factor in the development of RHC mental
health services is the presence of a local champion who
spearheads the development effort.