Changes in the Supply and Rural-Urban Distribution of Selected Behavioral Health Providers

This series of data briefs from the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center describes trends in the supply and distribution of selected behavioral health providers in rural and urban areas in the U.S., nationally, and within Census Divisions. The study found fewer per capita behavioral health providers in rural vs. urban counties, as well as disparities in the supply of providers across rural categories and Census Divisions. While the per capita supply of psychiatrists declined over the past decade, the supply of psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, and counselors increased in both rural and urban counties.