Implications of health care reform for rural mental health services

  • Deborah A. Shelton
  • Elizabeth Merwin
  • Jeanne Fox


Efforts toward health care reform for people with mental illness in rural America must take into consideration the unique characteristics of these areas. Universal coverage, for example, would remove the barriers to accessing care for this population, but would not assure an expansion of services or providers in rural areas. Special incentives are necessary to address the needs of rural populations.


Public Health Health Care Mental Health Health Service Rural Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah A. Shelton
    • 1
    • 4
  • Elizabeth Merwin
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jeanne Fox
    • 4
    • 3
  1. 1.Madison HouseSoutheastern Rural Mental Health Research CenterCharlottesville
  2. 2.Medical College of VirginiaUSA
  3. 3.Mental Health ServicesSoutheastern Rural Mental Health Research CenterUSA
  4. 4.University of VirginiaUSA

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