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Technology in Rural Behavioral Health Care Practice: Policy Concerns and Solution Suggestions
Journal of Rural Mental Health
  • Paul Force-Emery Mackie, Minnesota State University - Mankato
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Abstract
There is a history of expectations attached to the use of technology to better facilitate rural behavioral health care service delivery. Clinicians, scholars, and government officials alike have touted the benefits of technology to provide better, more accessible behavioral health care, and often consider it a way to bridge the “geographic divide.” The use of technology is viewed as a response to problems associated with improving consumer contact. Although the use of technology has effectively addressed many service delivery concerns, it continues to fall short of being the overarching remedy to what ails rural behavioral health care needs. Often, challenges associated with the full implementation and utilization of technology into rural behavioral health care is in conflict with state and federal policies and laws. Identifying and responding to these barriers is important to move opportunities for growth forward, but requires more than hope and limited support. There is a need for committed political will matched with focus and desire along with the allocation of adequate resources. Suggestions for policy changes and responses are offered to encourage continued dialogue on this topic.
DOI
10.1037/rmh0000027
Citation Information
Mackie, P.F.E. (2015). Technology in Rural Behavioral Health Care Practice: Policy Concerns and Solution Suggestions. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 39(1), 5-12.