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Rural Behavioral and Mental Health Still Overlooked

In 2009 I co-authored a Center for Rural Affairs’ report detailing the critical, but overlooked, need for mental and behavioral health services in rural areas.

The report tied inadequate rural mental and behavioral health care services to a lack of affordable, meaningful health insurance coverage. It concluded this “problem must be addressed for prosperous rural families, economies and communities.”

Despite adoption of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, rural America still lacks mental and behavioral health services. Rural residents have a higher percentage of all categories of mental illnesses, from a serious mental illness to psychological distress to major depression. Nearly one-in-five rural residents experience some mental illness.

North Dakota Measure 1 - Say NO to Corporate Farming

For 100 years, Great Plains states have battled against corporate farming, fighting to keep farming in the hands of family farmers and ranchers. Several states have passed laws to ensure that remained the case. But, recent attacks by corporations and their lobbyists have eliminated most of those laws. 

As we face the next 100 years, we need the wisdom of North Dakotans to regain control of our farm and ranch systems. They have a major opportunity to lead the charge on June 14, by voting no on Measure 1 and repealing SB 2351.

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