In Michigan, there are 191 areas designated as having a mental health care health professional shortage. Only and Texas and California have higher numbers of shortages, and that has devastating consequences. New research from the Child Health Institute found that young people in rural areas are twice as likely to commit suicide than their urban peers. In two northern Michigan counties, state and local officials are trying to hard to improve mental health care access for its rural residents.
Current State talks with Chip Johnston, Executive Director of Centra Wellness Network in Manistee and Benzie Counties, about the challenges of meeting the demand for mental health care in rural Michigan.