The Growing Need
Lack of Access to Specialists in Rural America
Rural mental health providers are scarce. Recognizing that this must change, the Center for Rural Affairs identifies mental health services as one of the top health reform issues for rural America. Unfortunately, despite the substantive calling for mental health services in rural areas, many barriers prevent rural Americans from receiving the care they need. These barriers revolve around issues of availability and accessibility. In many rural communities, mental health services are simply not available. In fact, more than 85 percent of the 1,669 federally designated mental health professional shortage areas are rural. And only in rural America did the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health find entire counties with no practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers.
Nearly half of the American population is affected by a mental disorder at some time in their lives. Yet the misconceptions, myths, and cultural taboos associated with mental illness may be some of the most significant barriers that keep people with mental disorders from seeking and receiving treatment in rural areas.
This is Our Philosophy of Care.
Our approach is proactive. We see individuals on a frequent and consistent basis, decreasing the need for emergency situations.